- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 23, 2001

Seen and heard last nightat MCI Center:
DAHLEN MAKES IT Ulf Dahlen, one of the best corner men in hockey, was named to the Swedish Olympic team. He also represented Sweden at the Nagano Games four years ago.
Dahlen, who played on a checking line for the last two seasons before being elevated to the first line this year, was the Caps' leading scorer until he was forced to surrender his advantage by missing two straight games with a bruised foot.
"It's going to be fun, and it's always a honor to play for your country," Dahlen said. "We lost to Finland last time in the quarterfinals, but we have a very good team, and I hope we can do better."
Dahlen will be 35 by the time the Olympics are played in Salt Lake City in February. His steady play over the past few seasons and his ability to switch from pure defense to offense impressed Swedish general manager Anders Hedberg.
"When we got knocked out the last time by Finland, I never thought I would be able to play another Olympics," he said. "This is a great opportunity, and I really look forward to it."
Another Cap, defenseman Calle Johansson, was on the initial list of players to represent Sweden, but he was officially replaced yesterday because of the torn rotator cuff injury that has ended his season. Johansson had been scheduled to be the captain of Team Sweden.
IMPROVEMENT SOUGHT The first half of the season officially doesn't come for Washington for another five games, but if the Caps are looking for one thing, it's improved play on the road. To date, the Caps have a record of 4-12-3 away from MCI Center, and they have been outscored by 24 and their penalty-killing is 28th at 7.3 percent on the road. Three of Washington's four road wins have come in overtime; the last one was Dec. 2, and the one before that was on Oct. 24.
Dave Fay


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