- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 2, 2003


Seen and heard last night at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.:
WHY 6? Washington's game against Carolina today has the slightly unusual starting time of 6:08 p.m., one hour earlier than usual. It is the second game this season that will start at that time (Colorado on March 16 is the third). Caps officials say the earlier starting times have nothing to do with TV demands but instead are a result of surveys of fans. They indicated they would prefer the earlier start so they could get home earlier and have the extra hour to get ready for work or school.
That being the case, is there any thought of doing it more often during the regular season? The answer is no. Apparently, TV calls the shots and, regardless of what the fans say, the later time is more conducive to a broadcast.
ANNIVERSARY It was a year ago yesterday that the Caps and Boston pulled off a blockbuster deal. The Caps got Adam Oates, Rick Tocchet and Bill Ranford, while the Bruins received Jason Allison, Anson Carter and Jim Carey.
Where are they now?
Oates is feeding Paul Kariya in Anaheim, Tocchet is retired and an assistant coach in Colorado and Ranford is retired. The oft-injured Allison is in Los Angeles; Carter is Edmonton's leading scorer; and Carey is retired, doing financial consulting work in Sarasota, Fla.
The debate never has been settled who got the best of the deal?
WHO'S IN? Defenseman Ken Klee returned to action after missing three games with back spasms, and the defensive pairs went back to normal Klee skated on Sergei Gonchar's left. Joel Kwiatkowski went back to the third set, skating with Jason Doig.
The healthy scratches were defenseman Rick Berry and forwards Josh Green and Alex Henry, whose spot in the lineup was taken by Stephen Peat. Also on the trip was defenseman J.F. Fortin, who is on injured reserve with back spasms. Fortin hasn't played in the NHL since Dec.30.
Dave Fay

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