PITTSBURGH -- As a three-time Stanley Cup winner, Justin Williams has been on the other side of what the Washington Capitals will experience when the Pittsburgh Penguins raise their championship banner prior to the teams' season opener at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports 2). - From NHL.com
"It's either going to make them angry, make them sad, make them think about last year or make them think forward," Williams said after the Capitals' morning skate.
"I've been on the other end of a few and the other team that's come in has kicked our [rear end] every time, so I hope to do that." A win wouldn't erase the disappointment of losing to the Penguins in six games in the Eastern Conference Second Round and watching them go on to win the Stanley Cup.
"They earned the right to be there and it's their moment.
It's the start of a new season and we play them in the first game, so it's pretty special.
It's something that, hopefully we can get fired up from this and it will motivate us." "I wish we were in this position in Washington, but we didn't [win]," captain Alex Ovechkin said.