- The Washington Times - Monday, December 31, 2001

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
TWO CAPS HURT Forward Ulf Dahlen, out four games with a bruised foot, attempted to return, played six minutes in the first period and was done, aggravating his injury.
The Caps also lost defenseman Brendan Witt in the first period when he was struck by a Carolina shot on the left forearm. Witt finished the period but did not return.
"Dahlen tweaked what he did before," said coach Ron Wilson. "He felt good before the game so we played him. Maybe in hindsight we shouldn't have but he wanted to play. … With Witt, I don't think it's anything serious; we'll reassess it.
The Caps had three healthy scratches so there is personnel available to face the New York Islanders on New Year's Day. Forwards Joe Sacco and Trent Whitfield and defenseman Joe Reekie did not dress.
Carolina also lost two top players during the game, defenseman Aaron Ward and left wing Jeff O'Neill.
NO GOAL Jaromir Jagr thought he scored 12 minutes into the second and so did coach Ron Wilson. The video goal judge thought something else and the game ended in a 5-5 tie.
With the Caps holding a two-man advantage, Peter Bondra passed down to Jagr to the left of the goal. The pass was slightly off target, Jagr reached for the puck with his right skate to stop it and was clearly preparing to shoot in the next instant.
But to the surprise of Jagr and goalie Tom Barrasso, the puck glanced off the wing's skate and slipped straight into the net, an easy stop had the goalie been thinking it was coming.
The video goal judge ruled there was a "distinct kicking motion" and the goal was disallowed, a judgment Wilson argued about to no avail.
"The video goal judge told our people upstairs [Jagr] turned his foot and redirected it and you're allowed to do that," Wilson said.
Dave Fay

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