- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
LINEUP CHANGES Left wing Kip Miller, who already has established a single-season high for assists this campaign with 47, was a medical scratch after being slashed across the hands during the Detroit game Saturday. It was only the second game Miller has missed this season. Coach Bruce Cassidy said the injury was day-to-day. Washington dressed enforcer Stephen Peat in his place and moved Dainius Zubrus to the first line.
Defenseman Ken Klee was also listed as day-to-day with back spasms, as was defenseman J.F. Fortin. Fortin had been placed on injured reserve, and it was unclear when he was eligible to come off IR.
The healthy scratch was Josh Green.
BRISEBOIS BACK Montreal defenseman Patrick Brisebois returned to the lineup after missing eight games with what is being termed stress-induced arrhythmia. He was warming up for a game against Toronto on Feb. 8 when he suddenly said he wasn't feeling well and a rapid heartbeat was detected.
The defenseman was told by the team doctor to go home and rest for a week. Instead, Brisebois hopped a plane and went to Paris for a week without bothering to inform management. The Canadiens learned about their ailing defenseman's vacation from the media.
Brisebois was getting more ice time (23:55) than any other Canadien and had a four-year contract paying him $17.5 million. But the Montreal fans were on his back he had just four goals and a team-high minus-11 defensive rating.
Reportedly, he has agreed to waive the no-trade clause in his contract.
STILL FIGHTING The Caps' Stephen Peat and Montreal's Gordie Dwyer fought to a draw 2:19 into the first period, with the gloves hitting the ice at the same time as the puck on a faceoff. Dwyer, claimed off waivers from the Rangers, was suspended for 23 games a few years back after an altercation with retired Cap Joe Reekie during a preseason game in Tampa, Fla. Dwyer shoved an official hard trying to get back at Reekie after the fight was broken up. Dwyer's suspension was the second-longest nondrug related suspension by the NHL.
UNDEFEATED PHIL Season ticket holder Phil Moeller of the District submitted the winning entry in the "owner for a night" contest. He made no trades and fired no one, but the team is 1-0 on his watch.
Dave Fay

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