- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 29, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

NEXT TIME It took the Caps 27 years to catch up to the New York Islanders after what that team did to Washington during its expansion years. Last year, on its 150th try, the Caps finally tied the Islanders at 69-69-12 (although New York scored 40 more goals over those games, an indication of how bad things were during the early years).

After Tuesday's 5-5 tie in game 151, the series is still deadlocked, but the figures are now 69-69-13. The teams won't meet again until New year's Day at MCI Center.

GENTLE REMINDER The Caps' annual Warm Hearts Coat Drive will be conducted tomorrow night before the Carolina game, all the winter wear going to charities within the immediate area. More than 4,000 coats were collected last year, a figure organizers hope to at least match. Collection bins will be at the F Street entrance and at the 7th and G streets entrance.

DECEIVING STAT Entering the game, the Caps had taken 30 more shots on goal than their opponents, with a 37-shot margin in the second period making up for a disadvantage in the first. But shooting more often doesn't translate into more goals the Caps have been outscored 75-65.

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