Who: Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers
Where: Madison Square Garden
When: Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm
Broadcast Info: CSN, 3WT; MSG, 1050 ESPN Radio
Season Series: Caps 0-1-0, Rangers 1-0-0
Season Standings: Caps 5-6-0, 3rd in division, 11th in conference; Rangers 4-6-1, 4th in division, 12th in conference
The Caps started the season flying high, going 3-0 for the first time in years and outplaying their opponents a large part of the time. The penalty killing units were extremely efficient, killing off every single man advantage handily. And then in one fell swoop the Rangers ended it, dominating first period play and scoring three power play goals in the opening frame. The Caps would kill off three more penalties and Kolzig would turn aside 38 shots over the course of the game but it wasn't enough and the Caps fell, 3-1 in the game and 3-1 on the season.
Well, I think it's safe to say that the Caps have to a) stay out of the penalty box and b) kill off whatever penalties they're given.
It is equally important if not more, though, that the Caps start believing that they can win every night no matter what happens to the team or who their opponent may be. Minus the services of three key components on Monday night they were able to hand the Leafs a thoroughly one-sided defeat. Now they have to build on that, armed with the knowledge that even with injuries they can win.
Is New York a tougher opponent? Marginally, sure. And yes, MSG tends to have a weird paralyzing effect on the Caps, at least in recent years. If they play like they have these past few games, though, wins and losses aside, they should be able to send Jagr and friends home crying. And wouldn't that be fun for all of us to see...
On his penchant for diving after being shown this clip: That was...um...see, the thing that happened there was...crap. No comment.
On his love life: Yes, I was dating Elisha Cuthbert, but I got smart. I got rid of that tired old baggage and I'm playin' the field, sowin' some oats, trollin' the streets. So ladies, if you're interested, Sean A. is lookin' for play. The A-Man is open for business. Anyone? Anyone?
On his style of hockey: I like to think of myself as an entertainer as much as an athlete, you know? I mean, the New Yorkers pay a lot of money to see me...er, us. They pay a lot to see us. I figure I should give them a show. In fact I'm probably more of an entertainer than a hockey player. Way more. Ask anyone I've played with or against.
On his style in general: I'm kind of a mix between metrosexual and pimp daddy Sean. Lots of chrome and leather and animal prints, with a dash of elegance and sophistication thrown in - just to keep you on your toes. Take my roster photo, for example. A little urban chic, trendy glasses, looking sharp and then...BAM! I hit you with the mini-mohawk. I think it gives me an element of douchebaggery that the ladies love. Right? Ladies? Anyone?
Come on, I can get you Henrik Lundqvist's autograph! No? How about Chris Drury?