- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Bell Centre in Montreal:

GRIER SUSPENDED —# Right wing Mike Grier didn’t play for the first time since coming to the Caps in a trade with Edmonton last Oct. 7. Grier was suspended one game by the NHL for his vicious elbow that injured Toronto’s Robert Reichel with 2:45 left in Monday’s 2-2 tie. Although Grier is a physical player, he’s no sin bin regular; the elbowing call was his first penalty of the year. Grier accumulated just 328 penalty minutes in his first seven seasons. He’ll be back in uniform when Washington visits Dallas on Friday.Caps general manager George McPhee had no complaint with the suspension, especially since the NHL has vowed to crack down on injury-causing hits this year.

“It was a good hit gone bad,” McPhee said.

FAMILIAR FACE# — Caps left wing Dainius Zubrus played two years in Montreal before being traded to Washington on March. 13, 2001, along with right wing Trevor Linden (now with Vancouver) and a second-round pick for center Jan Bulis, right wing Richard Zednik and a first-rounder. Zubrus was scoreless in Washington’s pair of losses in Montreal in 2001-2002, but he had a goal and two assists as the Caps went 1-0-1 at Bell Centre last season.

FEELS LIKE HOME — The Canadiens were in the midst of winning five Stanley Cups in seven years when the Caps joined the NHL in 1974-75, so it’s understandable that Washington was 0-22-1 in Montreal during its first nine seasons. That was at the legendary Montreal Forum. The Caps have been much more successful at 7-year-old Bell Centre, going 10-3-2 before last night. Of course, it hasn’t hurt that the Canadiens have crumbled, winning just two playoff series since they last skated with Lord Stanley’s Cup in 1993.

David Elfin

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