- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 4, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.:

IRON MEN — Devils defenseman Scott Stevens, who spent his first eight seasons with the Caps, played in his 1,621st game, fourth best in NHL history. Stevens is not the only former Cap to have a long career. D Larry Murphy is fifth on the list, followed by D Phil Housley (10th), right wing Mike Gartner (14th), center Dale Hunter (20th) and defenseman Doug Mohns (23rd). Current Caps right wing Jaromir Jagr skated in his 976th game. If Jagr stays healthy, he will reach 1,000 games Jan. 25 against Philadelphia.

I’LL HAVE A … — In addition to being named NHL Offensive Player of the Month for November, Caps center Robert Lang also won a fan poll on the team’s Web site. It was the second Bud Light player of the month honor for Lang in as many months. Lang had 11 goals, 11 assists and a plus-8 defensive rating in 14 November games to extend his scoring streak to 16 games, one shy of Gartner’s franchise record.

IN THE JERSEY SWAMPS — Though the Devils have won three of the past nine Stanley Cups (1995, 2000, 2003), the Caps have more than held their own. Since the Colorado Rockies became the Devils in 1982, the Caps were 73-53-7-3 (including a 7-6 playoff mark) through last season. That included a record of 31-30-4-2 (4-2 in postseason) at New Jersey.

David Elfin


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