- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

MINK RECALLED — The Caps recalled center Graham Mink from Portland of the American Hockey League. In his third pro season, the 24-year-old native of Stowe, Vt., leads the Pirates with 13 goals and is third with 22 points.

GREEN BLUE LINE — With Sergei Gonchar, 29, and John Gruden, 33, hurt and Jason Doig, 27, suspended, Washington’s six-man defensive corps against Tampa Bay averaged 26 years of age. Todd Rohloff, 31, was the elder statesman, but his 49 NHL games were the second fewest. The five defensemen other than ninth-year Cap Brendan Witt (541 games) have skated in 420 NHL games combined. Gonchar, Doig and Gruden have combined for 884 games.

BYE, BYE MCI — The game was Washington’s 15th at home in their last 22, making up for a schedule that included just 12 dates at MCI Center during the first 32 games. However, the Caps won’t play in front of the home fans again until Feb.17. In between are road games at Philadelphia, Carolina, Nashville and Chicago as well as the All-Star break.

David Elfin

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