- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 9, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at FleetCenter in Boston:
GREATEST WIN? On Friday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning spotted Colorado a 3-0 lead before roaring back to take a 4-3 victory, and they didn't even need overtime.
"It's the greatest regular-season victory in franchise victory," wrote one of the writers who covered the game, and he may have been right. What the win did was narrow the gap to one point between the Caps and their most threatening rival in the battle for the Southeast Division title.
The Lightning have 14 games left, starting with Buffalo today in Tampa. Seven of the games are on the road, including three on the West Coast.
The Caps have 12 games remaining. They play three at home, starting with Philadelphia tomorrow night, and close the season with three straight at home. In between, there is a coast-to-coast, six-game Canadian trip.
DOIG SITS Coach Bruce Cassidy shortened his bench for the third period and overtime, and one of the people who didn't see much ice time was rookie defenseman Jason Doig.
"I don't like the way he's played lately," Cassidy said. "He was fighting the puck tonight, and his feet weren't moving. He's got to have his feet moving and he's got to be physical, and he was doing neither of those. It just wasn't his night. It's too important this time of the year. You talk about waiting for the next game, but that never enters your mind. You're trying to win now and worry about Monday on Monday."
ROLSTON OUT Boston's third-leading scorer, Brian Rolston, missed the game with what may be a slight concussion. Rolston got clocked in the Bruins' win over the Islanders on Thursday night and hasn't been on skates since. Rolston has 26 goals and 52 points, six goals on the power play, five shorthanded and a team-high five game-winners.
Dave Fay

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