Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
CAPTAIN BRUNO Andrew Brunette, the former Cap who was taken by Nashville in the expansion draft in 1998 and is now playing in Minnesota, is the captain of the Wild for the month of February. The 2-year-old team rotates the “C” on a monthly basis to reward players who exhibit high degrees of leadership on and off the ice.
Brunette was Minnesota’s leading scorer (14-32-46) going into the game.
The left wing, never a gifted skater, made it from the Caps’ farm team in Portland, Maine, to the big team several times during the mid-to-late ‘90s but never could stick. Playing on Adam Oates’ left side in January of 1998, Brunette had eight goals and 11 assists and was the runner-up in the NHL player of the month competition.
OLYMPIC BREAK The NHL will be off from Feb.12 through Feb.25 for the Olympic break, with team practices or meetings illegal until Feb.21. The Caps’ last game before the Salt Lake City Games is Monday against Tampa Bay; their first game once the break ends is Feb.25 at home against Florida.
PEAT OUT Stephen Peat, the burly rookie right wing who is quickly developing a reputation throughout the league for his sleep-inducing right-left combinations, was a medical scratch with a groin problem. There was no word on how long he would be out.
Peat’s spot in the lineup was taken by wing Matt Pettinger. He joined healthy scratches Sylvain Cote and Rob Zettler, both defensemen.