- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.:

HOME AWAY FROM HOME — The Caps were seeking to snap a four-game losing skid on the road in the most comfortable of surroundings. Though the New York Islanders had 23 victories on home ice this season, tied for fourth most in the NHL, the Caps entered the contest unbeaten in 13 of their last 14 games at Nassau Coliseum dating to Oct. 8, 1997. Overall since April 12, 1997, the Caps were unbeaten in 28 of their past 30 games against the Islanders, despite falling to New York at MCI Center in the most recent meeting Dec. 21. During this seven-season stretch, 11 different coaches have been behind the benches of the two teams: Seven for New York (Rick Bowness, Mike Milbury, Bill Stewart, Butch Goring, Lorne Henning, Peter Laviolette and Steve Stirling) and four for Washington (Jim Schoenfeld, Ron Wilson, Bruce Cassidy and Glen Hanlon).

ALEXANDER THE VERY GOOD — Caps rookie winger Alexander Semin began the day having scored points in five consecutive games. The 13th overall pick in the 2002 draft had notched three goals and four assists during that span. He recorded two points in each of his last two games against the Rangers and the Thrashers. Teammate Jeff Halpern had scored points in four of the past five games, notching three goals and three assists in that stretch. Both were scoreless last night.

Jim Cerny

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