- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2006

Last night at Madison Square Garden in New York:

SEEN AND HEARD

Jaromir Jagr, the former Cap (and the team still pays part of his salary) who was not exactly a hero in Washington, was named captain of the Rangers. He also held that position with Pittsburgh. The captaincy in New York was vacant last season after the previous holder of the “C” — Mark Messier — retired. Jagr is reportedly a model Ranger on and off the ice, making him a natural choice. He is the 24th to wear the “C” for New York. The home fans responded to the choice with a thunderous ovation.

KEY PLAY

On the first shift of the season, Jagr zipped across the red line then the Caps’ blue line, watched a crowd gather in front of goalie Olie Kolzig and then uncorked a laser of a wrist shot from the right hash marks. Kolzig never had a chance. The first goal of the season came 29 seconds after it started. The play also answered, for the time being anyway, questions about Jagr’s surgically repaired left shoulder.

OVECHKIN WATCH

Alex Ovechkin had points (4 goals, 7 points) in five straight games to close the 2005-06 season. But he had no goals and just one assist in four exhibition games this season and was held scoreless against the Rangers.

Dave Fay


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