- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 6, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

CAROLINA WOES It's hockey, and injuries don't know the difference between opening day and playoff crunch.

Carolina has lost its top defenseman, Glen Wesley, for the rest of the regular season and possibly some of the playoffs with a separated shoulder. And Sean Hill, the team's No.2 defender, is day-to-day at best with a strained back.

The Caps have played most of the season without their top all-around defenseman, Calle Johansson, and played several games recently with four of their top six on the sideline.

Carolina has led the Southeast Division since late October and has led Washington by as many as 13 points, but the Caps have made it uncomfortably close of late.

MASK BIDDING The mask Olie Kolzig has been using for much of the season is up for bids, with the proceeds going to the Pentagon Relief Fund. The goalie had a mask commissioned after September 11 that has the Pentagon on the side with the date 9/11.

Those interested in seeing the mask and/or bidding on it can visit washingtoncaps.com. Bidding closes at 9 p.m. Monday. As of yesterday afternoon, the top bid exceeded $26,000.

KING MAKERS Ottawa can have a huge impact on the Caps' playoff chances in the next few days. Montreal plays at Ottawa tomorrow, and the Senators are at Montreal on Tuesday.

Dave Fay

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