Most likely, Capital Centre fans will get their first look at Pete Peeters in the Washington Capitals' net on Tuesday, when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town.

Peeters, acquired from Boston on Thursday, got a good look Saturday night at Al Jensen, the man who becomes his teammate and friendly rival for the No. 1 job.

Peeters sat in the Boston Garden press box and watched Jensen's 27 saves, many of them spectacular, help the outplayed Capitals gain a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins.

"I didn't know what to do," Peeters said. "I've been up here before, but I was always thinking, 'Come on, let's go, guys,' and I meant the Bruins. But this time I was watching my new team and it was just weird.

"I had butterflies the whole time. I don't know why. Crazy, I guess. I loved it here in Boston and I wanted to finish my career here."

Yesterday, after he stowed his gear in the Capitals' dressing room at Capital Centre, Peeters said he was hoping to play Tuesday, but he realized any decision would await his first practice with the team today.

"Whatever they see fit -- I'm easy-going," Peeters said. "I'm just happy to be here. And I hope I finish my career here."

Despite Jensen's recent heroics, Coach Bryan Murray intends to give Peeters considerable game time. As of now, there is no No. 1 goaltender, although Murray intends to pick one by February.

"Certainly, Al has proven he's in real good form and we have great confidence in him at this point," Murray said. "I want to give Peeters an opportunity to play some games and get the feel of him. I'll make the determination in the second half."

Murray conceded the Stanley Cup playoffs were foremost in his mind at this point. "Our expectations are different this year," he said. "More than ever, we feel we have a heck of a chance at the Stanley Cup. I'm happy with the way the team is shaping up and getting a guy with real experience in big games is a plus.

"Whether it's Peeters or Al, I think we can count on solid goaltending in the playoffs, and the playoffs are the important thing now."

It would appear that Stanley Cup talk is putting extra pressure on Peeters, but the goalie said he expected nothing less.

"I just want to get out there and fit in with them and play a good game of hockey," Peeters said. "They say if you put the effort forth, good things will happen. I give 100 percent and beyond that, I can't control what will happen."

Jensen, who has been brilliant in his last four games, also said he was not going to worry about things that were beyond his control.

"I just try to go out each day and play the best I can," Jensen said. "I try not to think about who's No. 1 or who's No. 2 or any of the other things I can't do anything about.