- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009


Miami (Ohio) will try to win its first men’s hockey title when it takes on Boston University at Verizon Center. 7 p.m., ESPN


The stories after the Capitals’ 4-2 win against the Lighting on Thursday said the team set a franchise record for points in a single season (108).

True, on the surface. But a closer look reveals that it’s not REALLY a record. Rule changes put in place in 2005 mean points have a different “real” value than they did before … and that comparisons can no longer be drawn with point totals from before then.

After a lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season, the league instituted the shootout, allotting a point to teams for simply making it to overtime — and giving teams that win in overtime or a shootout the same number of points (two) as teams that do the job in regulation.

Essentially, points don’t have the same value as they did in 1985-86, when the Caps marched to 107 points. Under the old rules, the ‘08-09 Caps would have four fewer wins, 10 fewer points … and one fewer team record.


Don Koharski retired Thursday after 1,719 games as an NHL referee. Of course, his most famous moment occurred off the ice.

1. New Jersey Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld confronts Koharski after the Devils lose 6-1 to the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the 1988 Eastern Conference finals. Cameras catch the action as Schoenfeld calls Koharski a “fat pig” and repeatedly shouts, “Have another doughnut!”

2. Boston defenseman Billy Coutu slugs referee Jerry Laflamme in a rink corridor after Ottawa dumps the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup in 1927. Coutu was banned for life — the harshest punishment in league history.

3. In November 1983, Chicago Black Hawks center Tom Lysiak intentionally trips linesman Ron Foyt after Foyt kicks Lysiak out of the faceoff circle. Lysiak receives a 20-game suspension.

4. Philadelphia Flyers right wing Paul Holmgren punches referee Andy Van Hellemond in the chest during a December 1981 game. Holmgren sits out five games.

5. In the 1982 playoffs, all-time goon Terry O’Reilly of Boston strikes Van Hellemond (he wasn’t a popular guy). The league levies a 10-game ban on O’Reilly.

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