- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 24, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:


FARRELL CALLED UP Right wing Mike Farrell was called up from the Portland (Maine) Pirates of the American Hockey League and made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers. An eighth-round pick in 1998, Farrell had five goals and seven points in 15 games this season.

Farrell was brought up after playing well for the Pirates. He is making the transition from defense to forward, and the team appears pleased with his progress. The Minnesota native played three seasons at Providence College before turning pro.

Farrell was filling in for Stephen Peat, who was reported to be out with a cold and did not practice Thursday. Farrell fills out the roster at 23 players.


LOW STILL HERE When last we saw Ron Low, his New York Rangers had lost five out of seven and were below .500 and the coach's job was reported to be in trouble. Worried? Ron Low was the Washington Capitals' first goaltender. He won 30 games over three years but lost more than three times that number. He had gray hair before it became fashionable.

He is also the answer to a trivia question: He had the Caps' first shutout. It would seem unlikely that a team that won only eight games during an entire season (a mark of futility that remains in the NHL record book after 27 seasons) would have a shutout, but Low beat the Kansas City Scouts 3-0 on Feb. 16, 1975.

To the uninitiated, the Scouts were born the same season as the Caps (1974-75), failed in Kansas City and moved to Denver, where they became the Rockies. They failed there, too, and moved to the Meadowlands, where they became the New Jersey Devils, the best team nobody ever sees in the league.

Coming into the game, the only blemish on the Rangers' record of late was a 1-0 overtime loss to Pittsburgh, surrounded by eight wins. And Low's job is safe.


GOING FOR 200 Defenseman Sergei Gonchar's goal in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay was his 100th in the NHL. Only two other defensemen in Caps history, Kevin Hatcher (149) and Calle Johansson (110), have scored more goals than Gonchar.


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