Kolzig: 'The butterflies started last night'
Starting goaltenders don't usually talk to reporters after the morning skate, but Olie Kolzig made an exception today. Standing outside of the visitors' dressing room at Verizon Center, a room he had never been in before today, here's what the former Cap had to say:
"November 10th came a lot quicker than I thought," he said smiling. "I'm excited, I'm nervous, there's a lot of emotions going on right now. I'll just be happy when the puck drops and I can get into it."
"I probably haven't been this nervous since my first game," he continued. "It's weird. When I came into the city yesterday I started having all these memories and flashbacks. It's kind of odd coming in as a visitor. The butterflies started last night. But as an athlete, where you have butterflies it's good because you're aware."
"I'll never, ever forget my time here, but I'm at a point in my career where I've got to move on. I'll reflect on it when I retire."
Kolzig said he went to dinner last night with Brent Johnson, Shaone Morrisonn, David Steckel, Matt Bradley, Matt Pettinger and Chris Clark.
"It was a good time," Kolzig said. "Lots of good stories."
Kolzig also revealed that he had off-season surgery to repair a hip injury he suffered late last season. It wasn't anything that affected his play, he said, but it was "something he needed to get taken care of."
Asked about the video tribute the Caps plan to show in the first period, Kolzig shrugged and said, "I wasn't expecting anything. This is new for me. I don't know what to expect. I just want to get ready for the game tonight and let things go and handle things as they come."
As for facing his old teammates and whether that might translate into an edge for him, he said: "You could say that. Or maybe they have advantage because they know where to shoot on me. They haven't seen in me in a couple of months. I would like to say I've worked on my game a little more. I'm hoping our guys do the job in front of me and that I'm there when they need me to make a save."
As for Ovechkin's crack this morning about getting under his skin by shooting high, Kolzig smiled and fired back, "The difference was, in practice, when it was head high, I couldn't take any liberties because he was my teammate. Now? Heads up."
Now that's the Kolzig I remember.
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