- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
MILESTONES REACHED A few of the milestones Caps players and the club had reached before playing the Devils:
Sergei Gonchar reached 50 points for the fourth consecutive season. He also had 37 assists, one short of his career high. He had his fourth three-assist night of the season Tuesday night in Tampa Bay and had 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in his last 17 games.
Kip Miller continued to build on his statistical base. He had played in 365 games, and his two assists Tuesday brought his career points to 200. He had 42 this season, matching his career high. His 31 assists were eight better than his previous high. He had 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last six games, with the three goals all game-winners.
Jaromir Jagr reached the 30-goal plateau for the 12th consecutive season. He had 29 points (14-15) in his last 21 games and Tuesday with a hat trick became the 33rd player in NHL history to score 500 goals. On Jan.11, Jagr was 32nd in scoring (18-18-36); he had 24 points since then to move into fourth place, nine points behind league leader Mario Lemieux.
Washington had three power play goals against the Lightning to give it 20 goals with the extra man over its 12 previous games. The Caps had gone from a team buried near the bottom of the power play ratings to fourth overall (20.0) and first at home (24.0).
Dave Fay

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