Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Scribbles During the Hiatus: One-Game Capitals II -- The Goalies

One-game Capitals are not just limited to skaters.  The Caps have a history – not a long one mind you, but a history – of goalies who appeared in a single game for the club. Let’s take a look.  For instance, did you know…

1.  Four goalies played a single game for the Caps:
  • Robbie Moore (October 10, 1982 vs. Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Alain Raymond (December 9, 1987 vs. Hartford Whalers)
  • Mike Rosati (November 7, 1998 vs. Ottawa Senators)
  • Corey Hirsch (March 11, 2001 vs. Ottawa Senators)

2.  None of the four started the game in which he played. 

3.  All four did earn a decision, despite not starting their lone game.

4.  Two of the four did not allow a goal in their lone game.  Each of them earned a win:
  • Mike Rosati stopped all 12 shots he faced in 28:07 of relief work in an 8-5 come-from-behind win over the Ottawa Senators.  The Caps trailed, 5-3, in the second period before mounting their comeback.
  • Corey Hirsch stopped all eight shots he faced in the final 20 minutes of a 6-5 win over the Senators.  The Caps trailed, 5-2, when Hirsch entered the game to start the third period but rallied to win.

5.  Both wins by one-game goalies came against the Ottawa Senators.  Both losses came against teams that are now Metropolitan Division rivals (Flyers, Whalers/Hurricanes).

6.  Olaf Kolzig was relieved twice by one-game goalies, both of whom earned wins (Rosati and Hirsch).

7.  For two of the four goalies, their lone Caps game would be their only NHL game (Rosati, Raymond).

8.  For one of the goalies, his lone Caps game would be his last NHL game (Moore).

9.  For one of the goalies, his lone Caps game was the only one he played in the NHL over a three season span.  Corey Hirsch appeared in the 2000-2001 season with the Caps after not playing in the NHL in 1999-2000 and before he would not play in the NHL in 2001-2002.  He finished his career with Dallas in 2002-2003.

10.  As a group, the four goalies combined for a 2-2-0 record, 1.68 goals against average, and a .936 save percentage in 107 minutes of work.