- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 30, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
ROUND TWO: Back in 1997, goalie Garth Snow, then with Philadelphia, was prevented from using a certain type of shoulder pads during the playoffs. The pads extended well beyond the usual width of such equipment and were not permitted, even though there was no specific law outlawing them.
Now as the backup for the New York Islanders, Snow has leg pads that extend far above the knee, almost to the waist. A quick check of the record books shows that pads can be 12 inches wide, but there is no guideline on how long they can be.
That is about to change. The league has been watching Snow's ever-growing line of goalie equipment and is not amused. Action is promised during the offseason, sooner if the wording can be worked out.
At any rate, the pads don't seem to be helping Snow's game all that much. The Islanders have yet to win 10 games, Snow is ranked 18th in the league with a record of 1-4-1, 2.38 GAA and is still the backup although the No.1, Chris Osgood, has a GAA of 3.43.
MIGHTY FALL: It was only a few weeks ago that Philadelphia was running away with the Atlantic Division. What has happened since is a lesson in how quickly the mighty can fall in the NHL.
In their last three games, the Flyers have been outscored 16-2, and the two goals came in one of the three losses. They have been beaten twice by Toronto by a combined 9-0 count and once by Pittsburgh 7-2. The Pittsburgh game came between the Toronto contests and moved the streaking Penguins into a tie for first place in the division with Philadelphia.
Running into injury problems hasn't helped. Wing John LeClair will miss "significant time," according to coach Ken Hitchcock, with a dislocated shoulder sustained in the Penguins game. Simon Gagne, another left wing, left the same game with a strained abdominal muscle. Those two, plus defenseman Chris Therien, missed yesterday's 3-0 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Dave Fay


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