- The Washington Times - Friday, November 14, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

INJURIES? WE GOT ‘EM: The Caps played with all the healthy players they have available, all 20 of them. For the fourth straight game, the Caps did not have a single healthy scratch despite going through a stretch that has the team playing three games in four nights.

“When you’re on a run like this, you don’t want to mix the roster up anyway,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “When you’re playing well, you try to keep the same guys in the lineup.”

Washington had five medical scratches for the fourth straight game and all are expected to miss tonight’s game against Carolina in Raleigh, N.C. Center Michael Nylander has missed the entire season with a broken leg but the team hopes he will report for practice early next week and be ready to play within two weeks.

Also out were Brian Sutherby (back strain), John Gruden (groin), Matt Pettinger (concussion) and Sebastien Charpentier (arthritic hip).

CHILDREN BENEFIT: The Center for Missing and Exploited Children will receive proceeds from the second annual Secret Service vs. FBI hockey game at 7 p.m. today at the Reston Skatequest. The Secret Service Forensic Services Division will be on hand to provide “Operation Safe Kids” fingerprinting and photographing of youngsters.

TOP PLAYER: Center Robert Lang was selected as the Caps’ player of the month for October as a result of balloting by fans on the team Web site. Lang had three goals and nine assists in the first month of the season. Before facing the Lightning, he led the team with 10 goals and 21 points.

Dave Fay

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