Sunday, November 25, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Molson Centre in Montreal:
NO SUSPENSION Despite the checkered past of New York Rangers defenseman Igor Ulanov, he will not face suspension for his actions Friday night during Washington’s 6-2 win. Ulanov sucker-punched the Caps’ Chris Simon in the head at 16 minutes of the second period, knocking the left wing senseless and getting a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure. Ulanov and defenseman Dale Purinton were suspended seven games each for their actions in the first game this season between the teams.
The Rangers were assessed 101 penalty minutes, the Caps 47 in a wild game that included two brawls, one which featured both goalies.
WRONG MAN The Washington Times report yesterday that 6-foot-4, 245-pound Rangers center Eric Lindros went after the smallest man on the ice, 5-foot-11, 200-pound Caps center Trent Whitfield, was somewhat in error. Whitfield said yesterday that he went after the bigger man for reasons that remain unclear.
“He’s huge,” Whitfield said. “I never knew how big he was. And strong.”
Both players were ejected.
SHOOTING STARS Washington had taken 131 shots on goal in its last three games heading into the game, an average of nearly 44. In games on either side of Thanksgiving, the club had 99 shots on goal including 51 against the Rangers on Friday night. That’s the most shots the Caps have had in a game since Dec. 8, 1995, when they had 52 in a 2-2 tie against Buffalo.
The team had 27 shots on goal in the second period against New York, bettering by two the club record for most shots in one period.
BACK TO LIFE Two former Caps have found new life on the same line in Montreal. Center Jan Bulis was on the verge of being demoted to the minors when he was installed as a left wing on the third line, centered by Joe Juneau (with Andreas Dackell on the right). Bulis has prospered with the responsibility of centering on somebody else’s shoulders.
Dave Fay

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