- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Seen and heard at MCI Center last night:

EXPENSIVE MASK The mask Washington Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig has worn all season has been auctioned off for $37,531, and the money will go to the Pentagon Relief Fund. The winning bidder requested that his name not be released.

The bidding went on for a week on the Caps' Web site and started at $100. It was up to $7,000 in an hour and slowly rose to the winning bid in the closing hours.

"I am pleased that the auction raised as much as it did," Kolzig said. "It's exciting to be in a position to spark such enthusiasm and support. It's a humbling experience."

The terrorists' attack on U.S. targets came on the day the Caps opened camp, September11, and shortly thereafter the goalie made the decision to dedicate his new mask to the Pentagon fund. It bears a picture of the Capitol building and "9-11."

POOR TIMING The Caps have been outscored 12-0 in the first two minutes of games this season. The last time the Caps scored in the first two minutes was March 28, 2001, when Jeff Halpern scored at 1:28 to start a 7-0 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes. That was 85 games ago.

OH, THAT'S WHY The Chicago Blackhawks are in the playoffs for the first time since 1997 and have made a remarkable turnaround from last season. They have scored just four more goals than last season at the same time, so offense isn't the reason. Defense is. The Blackhawks have allowed 36 fewer goals, and they are unbeaten (30-0-3) when leading after two periods.

Dave Fay

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