- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 19, 2003

TAMPA, Fla. Going into last night's game, the Washington Capitals had scored 13 goals in four games of its Eastern Conference quarterfinals series, and six of them came in one game.
Washington made its first lineup change of the series last night, inserting wing Ivan Ciernik for Brian Sutherby. Sutherby, a rookie, is a heavier hitter and a better defensive player, but his offensive performance doesn't match his defense.
Ciernik was up and down between the Caps and the farm team in Portland, appearing in 47 games for Washington. He had eight goals and 18 points and appeared to have the knack for scoring key goals. He had two game-winners and another that produced a tie.
Ciernik can take the body but not with the force often displayed by Sutherby. But if Kip Miller's injuries, thought to be healed, are hampering his ability to function effectively at left wing on the first line, Ciernik can move into that spot because he has experience playing with Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander.
Roy reappears
Outcast Tampa Bay left wing Andre Roy skated with the spare players yesterday morning, apparently meaning his banishment was not permanent after he was asked to leave the bench midway through the first period of Game2.
Roy, who has made taking bad penalties a habit, was not on the two-game trip to Washington and was not talking to reporters yesterday. The Lightning front office has denied it is seeking to trade the player, who took an early penalty in Game2 that the Caps promptly turned into a goal.

Wrong scene
When the Caps played host to Tampa Bay in a 3 p.m. game last Saturday, ABC opened its broadcast with a stirring shot of downtown Tampa as seen from across a coastal stretch of water. There was just one minor problem it was downtown Miami in the picture, not Tampa.
Of course, nobody is to blame. ABC claims the show was produced by another Disney-owned outlet, ESPN, so ABC wasn't responsible. The sports network claimed it got the footage from the Tampa Bay Tourist and Convention Bureau.
The local agency that promotes the Tampa area on the Gulf Coast found the explanation but not the incident very funny. Why, it asked, would it have footage of the Miami skyline in its files, and why would it be sending out Miami skyline footage for the network to air?
Still waiting for a reply from Disney's folks.

In attendance
Caps owners who made the trip on a holiday weekend included Dick Patrick, Raul Fernandez, Jack Davies, Jeong Kim, Rick Kay and majority owner Ted Leonsis.



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