Thursday, November 22, 2001

Seen and heard at MCI Center:

DEAN’S GONE With the Caps’ defensive corps getting as healthy as it’s going to get for the rest of this season, the club reassigned Dean Melanson to the Portland (Maine) Pirates, continuing the defenseman’s journey through pro hockey.
Since 1993 the native of Nova Scotia has played for six teams in two different minor leagues … and a total of nine games in the NHL. Until the Caps recalled him Nov. 9, the 28-year-old had played just five games in the big league, all with Buffalo six years ago. That total is now nine he appeared in four games with the Caps.
Calle Johansson is done for the season but Ken Klee is back from his injury, Brendan Witt has returned from personal leave and Frantisek Kucera has been recalled from the Czech League, rejoining the regulars who have managed to stay in the lineup.
THERE IS POWER In Washington’s 4-1 win Saturday over Anaheim, two of the club’s goals were on the power play. That broke a streak of three straight games the team had gone without scoring with the man advantage.
A REMINDER The Caps will conduct their annual Warm Hearts Coat Drive on Friday, Nov. 30. More than 4,000 garments were collected last year and all were given to the needy in the area. Collection bins will be at the F Street entrance to MCI Center and also at the 7th and G street entrance.

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