- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at Philips Arena in Atlanta:
CLOSE CALL: Olie Kolzig may be sending a note of thanks to the makers of his goalie helmet this morning.
A little more than five minutes into the third period, Thrashers right wing Dany Heatley unleashed a huge slap shot from about 25 feet that caught Kolzig on the right side of the head. The force of the blast sent the protective device flying and forced the goalie to reach out with his left hand to catch himself.
Trainer Greg Smith rushed to the goalie's side as Kolzig tried to shake out cobwebs and move his jaw, seeing if it still worked. After a delay of several minutes, Kolzig continued in net.
STILL GOING: Center Michael Nylander continues to be on fire for Washington. His four-game goal streak was stopped but he had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games. He now has five goals and 16 points since the start of the streak, the longest of the season for a Cap.
BAD FOOD: The team said defenseman J.F. Fortin missed the game with food poisoning. He had been scheduled to play and tried to make it to the rink but turned back. His spot was taken by rookie Steve Eminger.
Versatile forward Dainius Zubrus appears to have aggravated the wrist injury that sidelined him for three games. He played in the first period, scoring a goal, but did not return after that. He has a history of hand injuries that have put him on the shelf before.
SLAP SHOTS: The Caps are 1-6-2 in their last nine road games and head to Pittsburgh today for a game against the red-hot Penguins tomorrow night. The Caps are 2-7-1 in their last 10 overall. Byron Dafoe, drafted by the Caps one round after Olie Kolzig in 1989, is now 8-5-5 lifetime against Washington. Glen Metropolit and Colin Forbes were the healthy scratches.


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