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Caps' Kolzig stops 43 shots in victory

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published November 10, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig showed few lingering effects from the wrist injury that recently sidelined him.

Kolzig made 43 saves, and Sergei Gonchar sparked a four-goal second period with his first goal this season as the Capitals beat Philadelphia 4-1 Saturday night.

The Washington goalie has allowed two goals in consecutive victories after returning from a left wrist injury that sidelined him four games.

"I thought I did a good job of staying in the game and our guys did a good job of not letting up," Kolzig said. "It was a big character builder for this team."

Kolzig made a number of clutch stops in the first period, when the Flyers pressured the Capitals for long stretches. Kolzig helped keep the game scoreless.

"He played great," Philadelphia's Jeremy Roenick said. "I knew we had 44 shots again tonight, and he made some key saves early in the game. When you give your team an opportunity to stick around, a lot of times bad things happen to the other club."

Washington coach Bruce Cassidy agreed that Kolzig's early work proved crucial later on.

"You always want him to be your best player early in the game," Cassidy said.

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HURRICANES 3, PENGUINS 2: Bates Battaglia and David Tanabe scored third-period goals as host Carolina rallied to hand Pittsburgh its third straight loss. Battaglia's winner, his first goal of the season, came from a difficult angle to the left of Jean-Sebastien Aubin with 5:37 left as Carolina twice rallied from one-goal deficits. The Hurricanes improved to 4-0-2-1 in their past seven.

PANTHERS 3, FLAMES 0: Valeri Bure had a goal and an assist, and Jani Hurme stopped 28 shots for host Florida. Bure and Kristian Huselius each scored power-play goals in the second period, and Huselius has goals in three straight games. Olli Jokinen added an empty-net goal at 19:21 and an assist. Hurme, playing because Roberto Luongo has a back injury, recorded the Panthers' first shutout of the season. The Flames, 3-1-1-1 in their past six, have been shut out in two straight games. Calgary lost 1-0 in overtime Thursday against the Rangers.

OILERS 6, DEVILS 3: Jussi Markkanen made 36 saves and visiting Edmonton had its best offensive effort of the season. Ethan Moreau had two goals and an assist, Marty Reasoner had a goal and an assist and linemates Ryan Smyth, Mike Comrie and Anson Carter all scored to help the Oilers snap a two-game losing streak. Two nights after beating Philadelphia 1-0, the Devils were a virtual no-show for the opening 24 minutes and fell behind 3-0 against a team that was playing its second game in as many nights.

THRASHERS 6, SABRES 4: Pascal Rheaume and Dany Heatley scored twice each as visiting Atlanta beat slumping Buffalo. After starting the season with two straight wins, Buffalo is winless in eight games, four short of the team record set in 1990-91.

BLUES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Doug Weight and Dallas Drake each scored two goals for host St. Louis. Weight's first of the game came at 1:09 of the third period to make it 4-1 and extend his points streak to 10 games. His second, his seventh this season, came at 14:36 when Weight took a pass from Cory Stillman, skated in and beat goalie Trevor Kidd.

BRUINS 7, SENATORS 1: Joe Thornton, Bryan Berard and Jozef Stumpel scored power-play goals for host Boston. Thornton added three assists for the Bruins, who equaled their season high in goals. Boston, which entered second to last in the NHL in the power play and had scored five goals with an advantage, went 3-for-8. The Bruins have won eight of 12 since dropping their season opener.

BLUE JACKETS 6, RANGERS 3: Rookie Rick Nash broke out of a scoring drought with two goals in the opening period for host Columbus. Nash, the No. 1 pick in the June draft, scored the Blue Jackets' first goal of the season on his first shot in the first game, then was limited to four assists over the next 11 games.

CANADIENS 3, KINGS 1: Yanic Perreault scored two power-play goals, and Jeff Hackett came within 2:14 of his first shutout in more than 21/2 years for host Montreal. Richard Zednik scored between Perreault's goals as Montreal took a 3-0 lead in the first period.

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