- The Washington Times - Monday, January 28, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
PAY BACK The Buffalo Sabres' Miroslav Satan, who tied the game in the last minute of regulation, nearly put up a goal earlier that would have prevented overtime. Seven minutes into the first period, the Caps found themselves down two men for 1:34, and Satan had a pair of glorious chances at the right corner of the net. He shot into the side of the net both times. He made up for it later from the same spot.
GOOD HOSTS The Caps are winless in their last five home games against Buffalo (0-3-2). The last home win by the Caps against Buffalo was 2-1 on March 5, 2000, another Sunday afternoon game. Olie Kolzig got the win that day and Martin Biron the loss, the opposite of yesterday.
STRANGE All the penalties came in the first seven minutes of the game. Peter Bondra was assessed a double minor for high sticking and Todd Rohloff a minor for cross-checking, resulting in three Buffalo power plays. The Caps did not have a power play in the game.
WHAT SNOW? Remember a few days after Christmas, all the headlines coming out of Buffalo about seven feet of snow? It's gone, every soggy flake of it. Matter of fact, Buffalo might be on the way to a record for fewest snow days in city history.
Seems the city had no snow until Dec. 23 and then just a few flakes. The big stuff started later and continued for about three days, leaving the infamous seven feet in a narrow band just south of downtown but a significant amount from Erie, Pa., north to Niagara Falls.
A month later only the memories remain. It hasn't snowed since the Big Dump, and weather experts say that happened only because the lake was much warmer than usual late in the season.
Dave Fay

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