Slumping Flames fall to Capitals
Olaf Kolzig outplayed Miikka Kiprusoff as the Washington Capitals concluded their four-game road swing with a win at Calgary.
Kolzig turned aside 37 of 39 shots in backstopping the Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames before a crowd of 19,289 at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Monday.
Richard Zednik paced the Capitals (4-3-4) with two goals and one assist, while Dainius Zubrus also scored twice on Kiprusoff, who managed 27 saves in defeat.
"I felt great tonight," said Zednik, normally a prolific scorer but relegated to fourth-line duty by Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon.
"Sometimes when you are having trouble scoring, if you just go into the game not on a line that you're expecting to score on, maybe you relax a little bit," Hanlon said.
Alexander Ovechkin and Shaone Morrisonn had two assists apiece.
Washington, which was coming off losses in Vancouver and Edmonton, is 5-0-2 in the past seven meetings with Calgary.
Jarome Iginla counted one goal and one assist for the Flames (3-6-1), losers in five of their last six games.
"We are really trying to establish the fact that we have to get the identity as a hard-working team," said Flames rookie head coach Jim Playfair. "We have spent a lot of time talking about our identity and we haven't done the work required tore-establish it."
Kristian Huselius opened the scoring for Calgary with his second goal of the season 6:50 into the second period, only to have Zubrus even proceedings within 73 seconds.
"We have to find ways to seize momentum," Flames forward Chuck Kobasew said. "When we get a goal, we have to roll with it and build from that.
"It's happened a lot this year, where the other team is scoring either early in the period or at the end of a period and that leads to momentum for them. We have to find a way to get momentum on our side."
Zednik sparks Capitals
Zednik put Washington ahead 2-1 with 4:06 left in the stanza, circling out front and beating Kiprusoff between the pads as he fended off Flames defenceman Andrew Ference.
It was Zednik's first goal of the season.
"You could feel it on the bench, you could see it in his body language, the relief and the exuberance that he showed," Hanlon said. "For someone who's played that many games, and scored that many goals in the NHL, you could just tell that the puck was in his hands at the right time to get a chance to score."'
After Zednik potted his second goal on a breakaway 10:27 into the third period, Iginla answered back, also on a breakaway, at the 12:10 mark.
It was Iginla's sixth goal of the campaign and cut the deficit to 3-2 until Zubrus scored his sixth into an empty net with 19 seconds remaining.
With files from the Canadian Press