Morning Reading List, Kolzig Edition
Tonight when Olie Kolzig plays the 780th NHL game in his career it will only be the fourth that he hasn't played in a Caps jersey. In today's hard-copy edition Mike Wise reminds fans that Kolzig deserves all the respect Verizon Center can offer when he starts in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. tonight after 16 seasons in Washington.
*For all the fans in the stands unsure how to act tonight with Kolzig in Lightning garb, don't fear. You're not the only one who thinks this will be a 'weird' experience.
"Now, all of a sudden, it's here," Kolzig told the St. Petersburg Times. "The last few days I've been really thinking about it. There's going to be some anxiousness, some nervousness, probably more nervousness than I felt in a long time, maybe even more nervous than my first game in Tampa. It's going to be weird."
In the system, catching up on the weekend:
*Hershey President and General Manager Doug Yingst is recovering after suffering several injuries when he fell off a roof Sunday morning.
*After a hot start the Bears hit a snag and have lost four of their past five and were knocked out of first place in the AHL's East Division with a 4-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who now sit alone atop the standings. Hershey also fell to Wilkes-Barre, 4-3 on Saturday.
*While Simeon Varlamov also took the loss to Bridgeport on Sunday, Hershey's lone victory in three games this weekend came in his return on Friday after missing three weeks with a groin injury. Varlamov recorded 19 saves in 3-0 win against Albany for the Bears' first shutout of the season.
*Prospect Joel Broda helped Moose Jaw snap its six-game losing streak with three, third-period goals in a dramatic come-from-behind win over Prince Albert on Friday. Unfortunately the success was short lived as the Warriors dropped their next game to Saskatoon and fellow Caps prospect, goaltender Braden Holtby.
*Holtby recorded his first shutout of the season, just the second of his career, with 25 saves in Saskatoon's 1-0 win on Friday. With a 2.47 GAA and .913 save percentage, Holtby ranks 10th among all goaltenders in the Western Hockey League. But his games played (17) and wins (12) are WHL highs and his stats place him fifth among goalies who have played 10 or more games.
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