- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
WHO'S ON FIRST A highly unusual situation developed before the game when both teams took the ice for pre-game warm-ups wearing black uniforms. No one, not even veteran league officials, could recall a similar situation.
The problems are obvious. There are those who complain the game is already too hard to follow on TV and the game was being broadcast nationwide on ESPN2. Trying to identify 10 players all clad in black, all wearing black helmets would have created a few tense moments. For players who don't share the puck, no problem, but for those who might attempt a pass possibly big problems.
The situation was defused when the Caps changed to their normal white home uniforms.
STEADY GOALIE Olie Kolzig started against Pittsburgh, which is hardly unusual. It was Kolzig's 31st straight start against the Penguins, including playoffs. The last Cap other than Kolzig to start in goal against Pittsburgh was Jim Carey in October of 1996.
In the same span, Pittsburgh has used nine goalies against the Caps: Johan Hedberg, Ron Tugnutt, Tom Barrasso, Ken Wregget, Patrick Lalime, Petr Skudra, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Rich Parent and Garth Snow. Last season alone the Caps faced Aubin, Parent and Snow during the regular season and Hedberg in the playoffs.
WHO LEADS? The statistic is remarkable on the face of it: For 16 of the past 17 seasons, one of two players Mario Lemieux or Jaromir Jagr has led Pittsburgh in scoring every season.
Who was the third player?
In 1990-91, Mark Recchi had 113 points for the Penguins. Jagr was a rookie that season and had 57 points while Lemieux missed 50 games recovering from back surgery.

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