- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

STREAKING SENATORS — Ottawa, an NHL laughingstock as an expansion team in 1992-1993, has become one of the league’s top franchises. This will be the Senators’ eighth straight year in the playoffs. To the chagrin of Senators fans, however, their team has yet to reach the Stanley Cup finals. In fact, Ottawa has gotten out of the first round just three times in those seven years.

CAPITAL CLASHES — Since Ottawa is Canada’s capital, when the Senators rejoined the NHL in 1992, they and the Caps battled for a trophy called the Capital Cup. The hardware has taken up near-permanent residence north of the border of late. Ottawa took the series in six of the last eight seasons after Washington won the first four years.

SALUTE TO HEROES — Thousands of police, fire, EMT and Homeland Security Department personnel will attend tomorrow’s game against the Buffalo Sabres for free thanks to the donation of tickets from companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, Cove Shoe, Pierce, Point Blank Body Armor, Southern Police Supply and Barr Concrete.

Police, firefighter and medical equipment will be displayed on F Street before the game, and informational booths will be set up inside MCI Center. Police, fire and EMT personnel also will participate in an on-ice game during one of the intermissions. It also will be the last night for fans to bid on items like a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol on September 11, a D.C. Fire Department helmet signed by the Caps players, a ride-along with the Metropolitan Police Department and a team-signed jersey and stick. The silent auction will take place at 6 p.m. at the community development table behind section 104.

David Elfin

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