- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2005

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

BY THE NUMBERS

9 Successful penalty kills in nine tries for the Caps in Wednesday night’s opener against Columbus. Those results were a change form the preseason, when Washington had the worst penalty-killing in the league with 50 kills in 68 chances. But in last night’s loss Atlanta scored four power play goals in the first two periods alone.

QUOTABLE

“Something got lost in the message because during the second period the score suddenly went from 0-0 to 2-1 — they decided [Alexander] Ovechkin’s first goal wasn’t worth repeating … getting some boat show on at 9:30 was more important.”

— A fan commenting on Comcast’s rebroadcast of Wednesday’s game.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Less than 7 minutes into last night’s game former Cap and fan favorite Peter Bondra poked a loose puck laying in the crease past goalie Olie Kolzig for his first-ever goal against Washington. It was the second time he had played against his former team, the first time with Atlanta.

Dave Fay

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