- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
FLAGS GONE For the past few years, pennants from all 30 NHL teams have been hanging from the rafters, the Eastern Conference on one side and the Western on the other. It added a little something to an otherwise drab, almost empty ceiling area at least compared to some other buildings.
Suddenly, the flags are missing. No one can or will say precisely when they last graced the rafters or where they have gone or why they are no longer there.
What this does is make more conspicuous four banners hanging in the middle of the ceiling proclaiming the Washington Mystics as attendance champions of the WNBA. At least, there is comic relief.
NO YZERMAN Detroit center Steve Yzerman did not return to action and will probably end months of rehab at Joe Louis Arena sometime next week. The 37-year-old Detroit captain had major knee surgery last summer after guiding the Red Wings to their third Stanley Cup in the last six seasons and has yet to play this season.
CLINIC PLANNED Defenseman Jason Doig and right wing Mike Grier will conduct a clinic starting at 4:30p.m. Tuesday at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in the District. The clinic is part of Black History Month activities.
WHO'S AHEAD? Going into the game, the Caps had 66 points in 62 games; a year ago they had 60 points in 62 games.
Going into the game, Detroit had 74 points in 60 games; a year ago it had 90 points in 60 games.
Dave Fay


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