Yesterday afternoon at Verizon Center
SEEN AND HEARD
It may have been the third sellout of the season for the Caps, but a large contingent of Sabres fans had something to do with it. There were plenty of “Let’s go Buffalo” chants. Alex Ovechkin was booed every time he touched the puck or his face was shown on the scoreboard. Caps fans returned the favor by booing Daniel Briere, who speared Ovechkin earlier this season. Briere was ejected yesterday for spearing Milan Jurcina during a scrum.
Several times during the game, the Caps logo was flashed on the scoreboard with the words “Change is coming, Summer 2007” below it with red, white and blue bleeding out from the gold dome logo. It was an allusion to the team switching to new uniforms for next season and back to the old red, white and blue color scheme.
Caps general manager George McPhee said defenseman Mike Green, wings Eric Fehr and Tomas Fleischmann and center Dave Steckel will return to Hershey for the Bears’ playoff run. Fehr has a back injury, and it is uncertain if he will play.
BY THE NUMBERS
7 Caps players who will play in the world championship in Russia. Ovechkin and Alexander Semin will play for the home team, Jurcina will play for Slovakia, Jiri Novotny will play for the Czech Republic and Brian Pothier and Chris Clark will represent the United States. Top prospect Nicklas Backstrom will suit up for Sweden, and goaltender Simeon Varlamov could make it eight if he is named to the Russian team.