A Feb. 5 Business article was unclear about the authority of the new Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The board can ask the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue subpoenas on its behalf but cannot issue subpoenas itself. (Published 2/6/03)
-- The Washington Capitals emerged from the all-star break for tonight's game with the Tampa Lightning in unfamiliar territory. The Capitals, long known for defensive play, have scored the second-most goals in the Eastern Conference and fifth-most in the NHL.
The team scored 50 goals in 15 games last month and has scored 17 goals in four games after tonight's 5-1 victory at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Capitals also had the NHL's best power play last month, scoring 20 goals on 56 chances, a stunning 35 percent success rate.
"Our power play had a great month," Coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We're not going to have another month like that again, I wouldn't think, but if we can at least be where we think we should be -- in the top five -- that won't be an issue. . . . And there are still some guys in that room who can score who haven't caught fire yet, either, and hopefully that happens. And if our regulars continue to score like they have been, then our attack should win us a lot of games."
Jaromir Jagr led the Capitals with nine goals and 22 points in 15 games last month and started this month with four points tonight; defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored eight goals and 20 points in January. Washington has not finished in the top five in goals since the 1991-92 season, when it was second to Pittsburgh.
All-Star on the Bench
Tampa Coach John Tortorella made a difficult decision to bench struggling all-star goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for tonight's game and start journeyman backup John Grahame, who has been outstanding recently. Grahame's start was short-lived, however -- he was pulled midway through the game after yielding four goals on the first 11 shots he saw. Grahame was acquired from Boston for a draft pick last month and was 4-1 with a 1.36 goals against average in six appearances for Tampa before tonight's game.
"The bottom line is what is best for your hockey team tonight," Tortorella said. "We feel this decision with John is the right one. . . . He has taken the ball and run with it."
Enforcer Alex Henry played his first game since Jan. 22 after being activated from injured reserve. . . . Winger Andreas Salomonsson cleared waivers this afternoon and will report to the Portland Pirates. . . . Defensemen Rick Berry and Jean-Francois Fortin and forward Ivan Ciernik were scratched tonight.