- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia:

GOING DOWN — With the team off the ice the next four days for the All-Star break and not playing again until a week from tonight at Carolina, the Caps sent defensemen Josef Boumedienne and Steve Eminger, goalie Maxime Ouellet and center Graham Mink to Portland of the American League. Boumedienne will be recalled after playing two games for the Pirates while the others are expected to remain in the minors.

DOIG RETURNS — Washington’s defense got a boost from Jason Doig’s return from a two-game suspension for a crunching hit on Carolina’s Kevyn Adams last Thursday. In Doig’s absence, Josef Boumedienne played a career-high 29:27 in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat of Tampa Bay. The past two games were the only ones Doig has missed this season, leaving defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski and All-Star center Robert Lang as the only Caps to have played in all 55 games. Prior to this season, Doig had played in 93 NHL games and Kwiatkowski 69, but they have become regulars after the retirement of Calle Johansson and the decision not to re-sign Ken Klee last summer.

CENTURY CLUB — Mike Grier’s goal last Thursday in Carolina was the 100th of his eight-year career. The goal was just Grier’s fourth this year but his second in three games. Grier is the sixth current Cap with 100 goals, trailing Peter Bondra (470), Robert Lang (169), Anson Carter (153), Sergei Gonchar (142) and Michael Nylander (139).

PHILLY MEMORIES — From 1980 to 1998, Washington and Philadelphia were rivals in the old Patrick Division, facing each other as many as eight times a year in usually feisty games. The two most penalty-filled games in Caps history both came against the Flyers. The teams combined for 344 minutes on Dec. 21, 1980 at the Spectrum and 294 on Feb. 10, 1991 at Capital Centre. The latter game featured current Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, then an assistant, getting into it with some Caps fans as well as Philadelphia coach Paul Holmgren threatening his Washington counterpart, Terry Murray, with a stick. Holmgren is now the Flyers’ assistant general manager and Murray is one of Hitchcock’s assistants.

David Elfin

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