- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Washington Capitals’ game against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday night has been postponed because of the effects of Hurricane Wilma. No makeup date has been announced.

Sunrise is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, which was heavily damaged by the storm. It is the second storm-related postponement for the Panthers; Saturday night’s game against Ottawa also was washed out.

The BankAtlantic Center, the arena where the Panthers play, suffered what was described as minimal roof damage that could be patched. Sunrise city officials toured the facility yesterday and said it could reopen as soon as power was restored. When that would occur was undetermined.

The ice inside the arena was being maintained by a generator that was running the cooling equipment, but the generator operates on gasoline, which was in short supply. And the rink was far down on the list of priorities to receive a new gasoline shipment.

The area was slow to recover. Neighboring Palm Beach County reported power had been restored to 20,000 homes, but 280,000 homes remained without power.

The Panthers played in Pittsburgh last night. To make sure they could get out in time for the game, the team left Fort Lauderdale on Sunday afternoon in bright sunshine.

Dave Fay

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