'Desperate' Caps to try Carey in net

March 02, 1995|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

Less than 12 hours after being called up from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League by the Washington Capitals, rookie goaltender Jim Carey learned he will be starting tonight against the New York Islanders.

"Desperate situations call for desperate measures," said Capitals coach Jim Schoenfeld, whose team left him weary and desperate after its performance in a 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.

"We have to keep searching for answers."

The Capitals are 3-10-5 and have had a different goalie in net for each of their wins.

On Monday, Byron Dafoe was returned to Phoenix of the International League. On Tuesday, Rick Tabaracci was pulled from a game for the second time this season; and Olie Kolzig, who came on in relief, couldn't stop the Flyers in the third period.

"It's obvious, with only three wins, not too many things are right with our team," said Capitals general manager David Poile. "We've got to keep trying different things and we are. We hope Jim Carey gets us a win."

Carey, a 20-year-old who decided to leave the University of Wisconsin after completing his sophomore season, has been successful in every goal he has tended.

Most recently, he was 30-14-11 with a 2.76 goals-against average in the AHL.

At Wisconsin, Carey was 15-8-1 with a 3.07 GAA as a freshman and 24-13-1 with a 3.04 GAA as a sophomore. At Portland, he led the league in wins, minutes played (3,281, saves (1504) and shutouts (six).

"We're looking to evaluate everyone, and this is a great opportunity for Jim," said Poile.


Opponent: New York Islanders

Site: Nassau Coliseum

Time: 7:30

Radio: WMAL (630 AM)

Outlook: The Caps, 0-7-4 on the road, are likely to face goalie Tommy Soderstrom, who is 3-1-2 with a 1.94 GAA in his last six games. Soderstrom has managed to win despite a string of injuries that will continue to cut into the Islanders' depth tonight. C Ron Sutter (sprained right ankle), D Darius Kasparaitis (torn knee ligament) and D Scott Lachance (broken left ankle) are out, and D Rich Pilon (sore groin) is day-to-day. Washington reports RW Peter Bondra (mild concussion) and D Sylvain Cote (cut, swollen right eye) are day-to-day.

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