- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Seen and heard last night at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Fla.:
THIN ICE The Caps recalled left wing Matt Pettinger from the Portland (Maine) Pirates in the American Hockey League. It is hoped he can join the team in Fort Lauderdale for tonight's game against the Florida Panthers. Pettinger was 2-3-5 in seven games in Portland this season; he was scoreless in 10 games with the Caps last season.
The Caps have been playing on the edge lately, with just enough players to put a full team on the ice, and there is some question whether some of them were completely healthy. Some injuries have dragged on apparently longer than expected or at least longer than publicly stated. Last night the team played with one healthy scratch, rookie right wing Stephen Peat.
Defenseman Calle Johansson has been in and out of the lineup since he was crushed against the board Oct. 8 in Boston, the exact nature of his injury undisclosed by the team. He was a scratch again last night. Jaromir Jagr, with a well-publicized sore right knee after being slew-footed Oct. 10 in New York, played last night but was a game-time decision after barely skating in the morning drill and missing practice Monday.
NO CHANGE A Tampa cab driver said there had been definite improvement this season in the fortunes of the local NHL franchise, which has played just six playoff games in 10 years of history. "They're still losing like they always did," he said, "but the scores aren't so lopsided as they used to be."
Dave Fay

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