- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 16, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Office Depot Center, Sunrise, Fla.:
NIGHT OFF Here's a trivia question for Caps fans: Other than Olie Kolzig, Craig Billington and Sebastien Charpentier, who was the last Washington goalie to appear in a regular-season game? (Answer below.)
Kolzig took a rare game off against Florida, giving Charpentier some ice time in an effort to keep him sharp. Kolzig has missed nine games this season with injuries but otherwise has played in every game but five.
What does he do differently on a day when he isn't scheduled to play? "Nothing," he said yesterday, riding a stationary bicycle before the game when he usually would be taping sticks. "If I was home, I'd spend a little more time with the kids. On the road, I watch a little more TV in the afternoon but still manage to get in a nap.
"Actually, I don't think about it much at all," Kolzig said. "I did all the pregame stuff this morning skating a little bit, taking shots but for me, having a night off like this is more of a mental break. If something happened to Charpy, I've played so many games that it would be easy for me to get right into the game, get out there and focus on the puck. But right now it's a day off, a time to recharge the batteries mentally."
Trivia answer: Corey Hirsch played one period during the 2000-01 season and got the victory. Before that, you have to go back to the 1998-99 season, when Kolzig was backed up by Rick Tabaracci. That was the season when Mike Rosati got into his only NHL game, winning in relief in Ottawa. It also was the season when Martin Brochu played the final two Caps games of the season.
ANDRE'S OUT Andre Roy, Tampa Bay's pugnacious left wing, will be unavailable against the Caps tomorrow night. Roy was automatically suspended for three games for abusing an official in a game Feb.11 against the New York Islanders. Tomorrow's against Washington is the third game.
Dave Fay

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