- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Seen and heard yesterday at FleetCenter in Boston:

NEW LINES After several weeks of little or no change in the forward lines, there were new combinations as coach Bruce Cassidy tried to find ways to get some people moving and to stop some Boston players.

Among the units separated was Jeff Halpern's checking line with Steve Konowalchuk on the left and Mike Grier on the right, one of the best in the league, though they were reunited by game's end.

"To me going into this game, Joe Thornton's line was going to be the difference in the game offensively for them," Cassidy said. "What did they get, three goals and two on the power play? So I thought I would load up at the end and get Grier back on that line. Obviously, it didn't work. It certainly wasn't Mike's fault they scored. Ultimately, what's ironic is Olie [Kolzig] had the puck frozen, and Mike poked it out of there."

Grier ended up on the right with Robert Lang and Josh Green, while Peter Bondra not only moved to Halpern's line but went from the left to right sides.

The first line was unchanged with Kip Miller, Michael Nylander and Jaromir Jagr, with the latter apparently feeling well enough to double-shift occasionally.

REMEMBER HIM? Matt Herr, the center who played 52 games for the Caps over a two-year period a few years back, finally may have found a home. He is in the Boston organization and is playing for the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League, where he is the team's leading scorer with 20 goals and 46 points and is plus-12 defensively.

STRANGE WEEK Playing a Monday matinee is strange enough, but the rest of the week is also a little odd. Washington plays host to Carolina at 7:08p.m. tomorrow, then plays a pair of matinees this weekend. The first is 2p.m. Saturday in Montreal, followed by a 1p.m. game Sunday at MCI Center against the New York Rangers.

Dave Fay


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