- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 31, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

GRETZKY STILL No. 1: Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux hit triple figures in scoring (50 goals and 50 assists for 100 points in 59 games) against the Caps on Monday night, an average of 1.70 points. He is just the second player in the league to hit triple figures against Washington in 29 years.

The first? Wayne Gretzky, with Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis and the New York Rangers. In 57 games, Gretzky went 30-75-105, an average of 1.85 points.

Interestingly, Gretzky had just 28 penalty minutes while playing against the Caps, but Lemieux more than doubled that figure in only two more games.

It is not that the Caps were that bad. Gretzky was in triple figures against 15 of the 28 NHL teams when he retired. He had 239 points (76-163) against Vancouver in 117 games, but his favorite target was Winnipeg/Phoenix 79 goals, 151 assists and 230 points in 105 games, an average of 2.19.

And, as things turn out, he is now part owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

HENRY SIGHTING: Alex Henry, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman the Caps claimed off waivers from Edmonton, has arrived. He has been sighted and identified by a Caps official seven days after he was claimed.

"I was just waiting at home [in Ontario], waiting for a work visa," he said before the game against Boston. Henry was a scratch because he hasn't been able to practice for a week but feels he should be ready in time for weekend action.

Henry's arrival gives Washington nine defensemen, three more than usually needed for a game, and just 12 forwards, the minimum needed if the coach dresses four lines.

The other scratch last night for Washington was defenseman Sylvain Cote, for the ninth time in 10 games. Medical scratches were goalie Olie Kolzig and defenseman Brendan Witt.

Dave Fay


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