Caps fans said they were coming Today's game also postponed


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If you had tickets to the Capitals-New York Rangers game that was postponed yesterday, here's what you should do:

Tickets for yesterday's game will be valid for the rescheduled date, or several other games, which will be announced tomorrow.

The Washington Capitals postponed last night's game with the New York Rangers yesterday after their phone lines were jammed "by thousands of fans" insisting they would come to the game if it was played.

Washington's game with the New York Islanders today at 5:10 p.m., has also been postponed.

"It was in the best interest of the fans for us to postpone [last night]," said Lew Strudler, the Capitals vice president of marketing. "Abe Pollin, Dick Patrick, David Poile, myself, building people and Neil Smith [the Rangers president and general manager] were all consulted, and considering the weather reports we've

heard about the wind and wind chill, everyone agreed the smartest thing to do was postpone rather than put someone's physical health in jeopardy."

The NHL's non-postponement policy was waved when the blizzard hit the entire East Coast. Games yesterday in Philadelphia and Nassau, N.Y., were also suspended or postponed. Games today in Buffalo and Hartford, Conn., were postponed.

This is the first game the Capitals have called off a game since Vancouver was scheduled to play at the Capital Centre, Feb. 11, 1983.

The Capitals postponed tonight's game at Nassau Colliseum against the New York Islanders so the Islanders can make up their game with Pittsburgh, which was postponed last night.

"Pittsburgh is already on Long Island and the league felt it was better to reschedule that game with both teams already there, than to put us

in the unknown situation of trying to get there [today]," Strudler said.

Strudler said the Capitals hope to have make up dates for their two postponed games by some time tomorrow.

"People having tickets to the Rangers game should hold on to them," Strudler said. "Those tickets will be good for the rescheduled Rangers game -- or several other remaining games to be announced Monday."

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