- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009


RALEIGH, N.C. — The Washington Capitals were in college basketball country this weekend to take on the Carolina Hurricanes, and there are several players who have a keen interest in the NCAA tournament. David Steckel is in charge of the team/staff office pool, which he said has 17 entrants.

As an Ohio State graduate, Steckel was not happy about his Buckeyes dropping a first-round matchup with Siena. After the first day of the tournament, Viktor Kozlov correctly picked 14 of 16 games to lead the pool — but there is a little bit of a wrinkle.

“Viktor Kozlov is in charge of two sheets, and it is the one he submitted for [Sergei Fedorov],” Steckel said. “[Fedorov] is — how do I say this? — the money behind the operation.”

Steckel also said Shaone Morrisonn was the only person to pick No. 12 seed Western Kentucky to upset fifth-seeded Illinois.


While post-lockout rule changes have made points easier to come by, the Caps could break the franchise record for most in a season. That mark was set in the 1985-86 season, when the Caps collected 107 points.

Year Points after 74 games Total (pace)

1985-86 101 107

1999-2000 92 102

2008-09 96 106

Three Stars

Cam Ward

Kept his team in it when the Caps were pressing early

Anton Babchuk

Former castoff had a big goal and was a team-high plus-3

Eric Staal

Helped create one goal and nearly about three others



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