- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
THE MAN IS HOT Adam Oates assisted on Peter Bondra's first goal, extending his assist streak to 11 games and a total of 13 assists. It is the longest assist streak in the league this season. At the same time he extended his streak of consecutive games with a point to 11, with three goals and 13 assists.
GOOD MOVE Seven minutes into the second period Caps center Andrei Nikolishin was taking what seemed like a routine draw in the circle to goalie Olie Kolzig's right. Kolzig was crouched down, vigilant should something unplanned occur.
Good thing. Nikolishin pulled the puck back with such force it reacted like a very quick and accurate wrist shot and headed straight for the cage behind him. Kolzig reacted a hair quicker than the shot and grabbed it with his glove.
BACK UP AGAIN The Caps recalled defenseman Patrick Boileau from Portland, Maine, but did not use him against Edmonton. Boileau was brought up because a player the club did not identify was reported to be less than 100 percent and might not play.
It was the second time this season Washington has brought up Boileau but not inserted him into a game. He was recalled Nov. 15 but sent back to Portland the following day.
The defenseman was drafted by the Caps in 1993 and has played five games for Washington.
Dave Fay



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