- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Philips Arena in Atlanta:
COUNTDOWN UNDER WAY The Caps play three of the next four at home then take four days off for the All-Star break. Then the Caps have four more games two at home, two on the road before the two-week Olympic break, followed by two more home games to round out the month of February.
Then the fun starts. There are 15 games in March and 10 of them are away. And that’s not the bad part eight of the games are in a row, tying the team record for consecutive games played away from its home rink. There are six games in April, four at home, meaning after the Olympic break Washington will have 23 games remaining in the regular season and just 11 at home.
RECORDS FALLING Nothing against Atlanta’s effort, but records have a habit of falling in bunches when you’re in just your third year of existence. Last Saturday night against the Panthers in Florida, the Thrashers broke or tied 16 team or individual records including most goals in a game (four by center Pascal Rheaume).
THE BIG MAN Speaking of records, the Thrashers got bigger yesterday when they traded center Hnat Domenichelli (6 foot, 195) to Minnesota for wing-defenseman Andy Sutton (6-foot-6, 245), the biggest player ever to wear a Thrashers uniform. Fortunately for the Caps, Sutton did not arrive in time for the game.
BUILDING FOR FUTURE Two rookies, Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley, had 42 of Atlanta’s 119 goals before facing the Caps. They also have combined for 13 power play goals (the rest of the team has 16), five game-winning goals (the others have eight combined) and Heatley is the only Thrasher to have appeared in every game (Kovalchuk has missed one).
That’s a pretty decent draft.
Dave Fay

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