Carpentier recently spoke to Replay correspondent Randi Druzin about his career, his wife's backseat driving and the bombastic Paul Tracy.
Randi Druzin: You were on the team that finished second at the 24 Hours of Daytona [an endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway] in January.
PC: One of the big challenges for me was driving in IRL. [In an NHL preview, the magazine ran a story focusing on the two players.] Other than that, I've only come across him during and after games. Obviously, the team fell short [and was eliminated in the quarter-finals]. " But now that I've been playing on the team for more than a year, the other guys are usually quick to stop anyone from touching the sticks. You know, sometimes a guy will touch my stick before a game and I play well.
But I don't think it would be good for us to put too much pressure on ourselves because we're so young.It’s exactly what it looked like: Sidney Crosby is concussed, and the Penguins are in trouble.The Pittsburgh superstar, who led his team to a commanding 2-0 lead to begin the second-round series with the Capitals and had begun to appear destined for consecutive Stanley Cups, is out indefinitely following a questionably dirty cross-check to the head during Monday’s Game 3. I didn't want to turn into my neighbourhood because I didn't want him to know where I live. It was a pretty fun ride toward the end of the season. I was just happy to have a good year and be part of that group of rookies. RD: You scored 102 points last season becoming the youngest player in league history to notch 100 points in a season and breaking the Penguins' rookie assist record set by the legendary Mario Lemieux. SC: He congratulated me but we didn't discuss it too much. PC: I once passed a car because the guy in front of me was going really slowly. It was a great honour to be congratulated by Lemieux, and to be in that company. The Calder Trophy went to Russian Alexander Ovechkin, who scored 106 points for the Washington Capitals. He can score goals from anywhere so he's dangerous when he's out there. Usually, she drives and I sit in the passenger seat. The thing I'm afraid of here [in Las Vegas] is that drivers carry guns under their seats. We were getting closer and closer [to making the playoffs]. RD: Despite your success last season, you finished second in voting for the rookie-of-the-year award. It's hard to say what future rookie classes will look like, but I think ours will be a good candidate for being considered one of the best.Patrick Carpentier is one of Canada's most popular race car drivers. The native of La Salle, Quebec has been making headlines since 1997, when he was named top rookie on the CART (now Champ Car) circuit. We had some good power and reliability in that race. It was good timing and a little bit of luck - and the car lasted. I had a good time in the Champ [formerly CART] series and I liked a lot of the tracks we went to. But I don't miss the taxes, and I don't miss the snow enough to pay those taxes. I'm starting to do that now, buying and selling houses. What kind of effect does that have on your relationship with him? At this point he's just learning English so we're trying hard to understand each other. I'm looking forward to playing with him for a long time, and building some chemistry with him. We have to go out there with the attitude that we want to win every night. You and he are considered two of the best young players in hockey today.