PITTSBURGH — PITTSBURGH -- Rookie goalie Jim Carey got the Washington Capitals to the playoffs, and despite finding himself yanked from goal 1:38 into the second period of his first NHL Stanley Cup playoff game Saturday, he will be back in goal tonight for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.
"I don't have any worries about Jimmy at all," said Capitals coach Jim Schoenfeld. "He has been pulled from games earlier this year and responded with strong performances the next time he played."
In fact, after being pulled three times during the regular season, Carey has won his next assignment each time. Yesterday, he did not seem overly concerned about his Game 1 performance, in which he allowed three power play-goals before Olie Kolzig took over for him.
"I make mistakes. You're going to learn that," he said. "I'm not going to be great every night. I'm not going to be good every night. I don't think there is a guy who can do that."
The most distressing goal was the third one. A deflection shot high in the air and Carey looked up and reached with his glove to catch the softly descending puck. He thought he had it, only he didn't; and by the time he realized it, Tomas Sandstrom was being credited with the goal that made it 3-1.
"I'm never going to see another shot like that again, and if I do, I'm not reaching for it," he said. "It was so soft, you couldn't feel it. You learn from mistakes. Next time, I'll wait until it comes down."
Poulin's career may be over
Capitals center Dave Poulin returned home yesterday after it became apparent he had suffered a second-degree separation of his right shoulder that will sideline him for two to six weeks.
For Poulin it means Saturday's game, in which he was injured in the first period, could be his final NHL game. The 12-year veteran has announced he is retiring at the end of this season to become head coach of the Notre Dame hockey team.