- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
MASCOT HONORED Slapshot, the Washington Capitals mascot, was honored recently with a community service award from the Bethesda Big Train, a Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League team, for help with raising funds. The mascot makes more than 300 public appearances a year, including visits at least once a month to Children's Hospital.
NOT MANY EXTRAS Neither the Caps nor their American Hockey League farm team, the Portland Pirates, have many spare defensemen, even though both had an excess when the season started. The Caps have either one spare defenseman or none, depending on whether Alex Henry is used as a forward or defender on any particular night.
In Portland, injuries have limited Nolan Yonkman to eight games and Todd Rohloff to four. Yonkman has been out with an abdominal pull and has had an MRI to determine whether the injury is more serious. No date has been listed for his return. Rohloff has been out with a rib injury but is expected back this weekend.
Colin Forbes (seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points) and Trent Whitfield (8-7-15), both of whom have played with the parent team, have been the Pirates' best skaters this season, with free agent Chris Hajt (1-4-5, plus-6) the best defenseman.
In goal, Maxime Ouellet and Sebastien Charpentier have been splitting the bulk of the ice time. Ouellet has slightly better stats (a 3-3-0 record with a 2.31 goals-against average vs. 2-3-2, 2.36 for Charpentier). Both have save percentages above .925.
RODDY'S NIGHT The Caps will honor retired defenseman Rod Langway before the Atlanta game Saturday. Langway, a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the league's best defenseman, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov.4. His jersey was retired by the Caps on Nov.26, 1997, the last game the team played in the old Capital Centre.
Dave Fay

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