- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2003

To the surprise of no one, the Washington Capitals last night went with the same roster that won the first two playoff games.

"We like what we have," coach Bruce Cassidy said before the game. "Some nights we're rolling, we're going well and have a good rhythm," he said, indicating he had no intention of breaking up a winning hand.

Tampa Bay did make a change, replacing banished left wing Andre Roy with left wing Chris Dingman, who was a member of the Stanley Cup champion Colorado team two years ago. Dingman played in the first game but had no points.

Roy was left in Tampa, Fla., when the Lightning came north. He played two shifts in Game 2 but his night and maybe his Lightning career ended at 7:13 of the first period when he was called for roughing. Nine seconds later Peter Bondra put the Caps up 2-0.

What was so upsetting to the Tampa Bay coaching staff was that he had been warned by coach John Tortorella that he would tolerate no additional outbursts. Roy was called for roughing right wing Mike Grier after the whistle, a mindless infraction. The wing was sent to the dressing room during the first period and did not return.

However, outbursts are nothing new for Roy. He was obtained by Tampa Bay from Ottawa a year ago and has been suspended for 16 games with fines totaling $100,000.

Banners return

The Wizards' last home game was Monday night, and as if by magic the banners representing the 30 NHL teams reappeared in the MCI Center rafters yesterday. They had been "missing" for several months after, team sources said, Wizards officials objected to their presence because they caused a distraction for basketball fans. Other sources said the Caps refused to pay the fee Washington Sports and Entertainment demanded to raise and lower the banners when the Caps were not playing.

At any rate, the banners were stored in a somewhat sloppy manner and could use a good ironing.

As the puck turns (over)

Washington coach Butch Cassidy on his club's propensity for turning the puck over:

"Part of having a dynamic team is you have to live with some turnovers. This time of the year you hope that guys recognize how important it is. Sometimes in November it's a tougher sell. But this time of the year they have to recognize that you win with defense. Even though we're scoring a lot of goals and we gave up some shots [Saturday], defensively we're pretty solid and pretty sound. No odd-man rushes, no turnovers."

No shot

There never has been a score off a penalty shot in Caps playoff history, and last night was no exception. Dainius Zubrus was awarded a penalty shot at 11:34 of the first but missed everything.

That was the Caps' fourth penalty shot in playoff history (Denis Potvin of the Islanders missed the only shot by the opposition). The most famous miss came April 24, 1996, when Joe Juneau failed to convert against Pittsburgh in the first overtime penalty shot in Stanley Cup playoffs history.

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