Stevens still a force

The more times have changed, the more New Jersey's Scott Stevens has remained the same.

Updated: November 27, 2003, 12:09 AM ET
By Brian Engblom | Special to ESPN.com

In 1982, Scott Stevens' rookie year in Washington, the Capitals made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Before Game 1 against the New York Islanders, coach Brian Murray called Stevens, Rod Langway and me into his office for a meeting.

Murray explained that throughout the game, he wanted at least one of us on the ice at all times. And without missing a beat, he turned to Stevens, pointed his finger and bellowed, "And Scott, stay out of the (expletive) penalty box!"

Scott ...

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