- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 15, 2006

Last night at Verizon Center


Peter Bondra’s last NHL goal came April 17 at Verizon Center in the Thrashers’ 6-4 loss to the Caps, which eliminated Atlanta from the playoffs. The former Washington star has 498 goals in his career playing for the Caps, Ottawa and Atlanta but was released by the Thrashers after last season. He has not been picked up by another team.

Ovechkin watch

Not that he needed one, but Alex Ovechkin was re-presented with the Calder Trophy he was awarded in late June for being the NHL’s rookie of the year. Ovechkin was presented with the trophy before the game against Atlanta while his parents, Tatiana and Mikhail, and brother Mikhail looked on. Besides being rookie of the year with 52 goals and 106 points, he was voted onto the NHL first all-star team and was a member of the NHL’s all-rookie team, the first Caps player to receive any of those honors.

By thenumbers

3 Consecutive games with a goal for Alexander Semin before his streak came to an end. The left wing had scored five goals in the Caps’ first three games — half as many goals as he had all last season in Russia — but was scoreless last night. Had he scored, he would have joined Dennis Maruk and Mike Gartner as the only Caps to open a season with goals in four straight games, the club record.

Dave Fay

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