- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

DOUBLE OUCH — Caps defenseman Rick Berry was suspended by the NHL for the game as a consequence of his spearing major against Tampa Bay’s Martin Cibak on Monday. Not only did Berry’s penalty give the Lightning a five-minute power play during which they scored twice to take the lead for good, but he forfeits 1/82 of his salary ($2,520.83). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

ADAMS IS BACK — Hurricanes right wing Kevyn Adams suffered a serious knee injury in a collision with Caps defenseman Jason Doig on Jan. 29. Doig was suspended for two games by the NHL for the hit. The Hurricanes feared Adams was finished for the season, but after missing eight games he returned Tuesday in Toronto and played against the Caps.

FAREWELL TO FRANCIS — Carolina captain Ron Francis turns 41 Monday and with a labor stoppage looming in September, this game could have been the last against the Caps for the 23-year veteran. Francis, who might retire after the season, ranks second all time with 1,239 assists, third with 1,713 games played, fourth with 1,784 points and 20th with 545 goals. He won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992.

David Elfin

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