- The Washington Times - Monday, February 23, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

OLIE THE GOALIE — Caps goalie Olie Kolzig was named the NHL’s defensive player of the week.

In four games last week, Kolzig went 2-0-2 with 150 saves on 154 shots for a .974 save percentage. Kolzig joined Robert Lang as the only Caps to win player of the week honors this year. The designation was the fifth of Kolzig’s career, his first since Dec. 17, 2000.

BONZAI! — The recent trades of Peter Bondra to Ottawa and Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers made the Caps the second team to send a pair of 400-goal scorers packing in the same season. Los Angeles traded away future Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri in 1995-1996. And Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com noted Bondra has three of the top 10 seasons in NHL history in terms of scoring the highest percentage of his team’s goals when he was in the lineup. Bondra scored 35 percent of Washington’s goals in his 67 games in 1995-1996, 26 percent in his 76 games in 1997-1998 and 25 percent in his 47 games in 1994-1995.

LIGHTNING NOT STRUCK — Tampa Bay is a talented team, but the Lightning are also running away with the Southeast Division because they have been amazingly healthy. Tampa Bay has lost just 14 man-games to injury through 61 games. In contrast, Washington has lost 255 man-games to injury through 62 games. Forwards Michael Nylander (62), Brian Willsie (21) and Dainius Zubrus (15), defenseman John Gruden (51) and goalie Sebastien Charpentier (48) have all missed more games this season than the entire Lightning roster.

David Elfin

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