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Carter, Kasparaitis xczaWhoopixcza It Up on NBC

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers forward Anson carter and defenseman Darius Kasparaitis joined New Jersey Devils Scott Stevens, Scott Gomez and Jay Pandolfo on prime time network television tonight in their chance to shine in a different kind of spotlight.

Carter and Stevens taped feature roles in front of a live-studio audience at the Kaufmann-Astoria Studios in Astoria, N.Y. in early September for an episode of the NBC comedy "Whoopi", starring comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

The episode, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," aired tonight on NBC.

Kasparaitis, Gomez and Pandolfo also taped cameo roles.

"Everyone was genuinely nice to us," said Carter following the taping. "Whoopi and the cast and crew were gracious hosts, and they helped make us feel less nervous about performing in front of a live studio audience."

For her part, the popular comedian was delighted to play host to the NHL players.

"I'm thrilled that the guys came to play with us," she said. "I'm secretly hoping that they'll ask me to come play with them sometime, but so far they haven't asked."

In the episode featuring NHL players, Goldberg's character "Mavis" feels guilty about using a sight-challenged man's interest in her to share in his prized tickets to the Rangers-Devils games. In order to try and win her affection, the character "Marshall" introduces "Mavis" to Carter and Stevens.

The show is from the creators and executive producers of "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "That '70s Show," Goldberg executive-produces and stars as a smart and sassy comedy as ex-diva "Mavis Rae," a cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking, menopausal and especially opinionated hotelier.
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