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Cassivi Gets Start

Frederic Cassivi, a goaltender who has spent the majority of his career in the minor leagues, will start in goal for the Caps tonight against the Maple Leafs. It's going to be his first NHL start since Nov. 2005.

"I'm nervous, but I'm always nervous before a start," Cassivi said after the morning skate, which was attended by 15,000 screaming grade school age kids. "Once the puck drops, the nerves go away. It's a hockey city, but the ice surface is the same."

When I asked him if his family was going to make it from Montreal in time for the game, he dropped this beauty: "No, they are not coming. But my mom told me to make sure we won the game because she's a big Canadiens fan and they are in a playoff race with Toronto."

How can you not pull for a guy like him?

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 6, 2007; 12:24 PM ET
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Almost makes me want to watch the game... He was awesome when he stepped in for Johnson last time the Panthers were in town.

Posted by: HolyOlie | March 6, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Cassivi rewarded with a start
and that is a great line :)

Tarik - Any other line-up updates for tonight? The AHL site shows that Dave Steckel was called up from Hershey.

Posted by: sk84fun | March 6, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to him...

Posted by: MJ | March 6, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I wish him the best, and hope he'll be successful.

Posted by: kenhockey | March 6, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

8:2, Leafs. Mark my words. Another embarassment fot the Caps. You should trade Ovechkin to us since you're not using him anyway

Posted by: LeafsWinEasy | March 6, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Coming from Montreal, that has to be huge to get a start in Toronto. Not too suprised his family couldn't make it down, it's a long way from Montreal to Tornto. Good for Fred. Hopefully he can pull out at least a tie, if not a win considering how lousy the Leafs are on home ice.

Posted by: EricS | March 6, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"8:2, Leafs. Mark my words. Another embarassment fot the Caps. You should trade Ovechkin to us since you're not using him anyway"

Only difference is Ovechkin's dissapointment with missing the playoffs would come in early April rather than in January. Either way he's on the beach in Turkey come May.

Posted by: Leafs die in April | March 6, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin belongs in a hockey town.

Posted by: LeafsWinEasy | March 6, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Geauxcaps | March 6, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I belong in a hockey town. I choose Washington.

Posted by: Ovechkin | March 6, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

yes, lets trade OV to TO. maybe he'll be the guy you need to win your first stanley cup since...since..well, i can't remember back that far. 1960's i think? certainly before the caps were a team. i think even the caps have won the eastern conference more recently than TO. pretty sad for a hockey town....

Posted by: To Leafs Win | March 6, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

You've gotta admit though, the Toronto subway is absolutley awesome with its hockey murals and old time hockey photos. Here, we can't even put a Caps photo outside the Verizon Center. That's reserved for Gilbert Arenas and whoever else had 3 rebounds in the previous month.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | March 6, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

As long as the Collarbone doesnt bother him he will do fine. I wish him the best in Washington and Am looking to see him in Haershey for the calder cup If the Caps dont make it..

Posted by: PaPa Bear | March 7, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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