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Wednesday, 11.15.2006 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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Olaf Kolzig faced more than 40 shots in each of his last two starts. He also turned in his best two games of the season for the surging Washington Capitals.

The red-hot veteran goaltender is likely to be in the net again Wednesday night as the Caps (8-5-4) host the last-place Boston Bruins (5-7-2).

Kolzig made 44 saves Monday night as Washington knocked off Florida 4-1 for its second straight win and fifth in seven games. In his previous start Saturday against the New York Rangers, Kolzig made 41 stops in a 3-1 victory.

"We weathered the storm, but that's what the goaltender's job is," Kolzig said. "They throw everything at the net. It felt like 45 shots because I was on my knees and recovering a lot."

Kolzig's two outstanding games followed one of his worst, as he was pulled from a 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Nov. 6 after allowing three goals in 12 minutes. He has a 2.96 goals-against average in 25 games against Boston.

Dainius Zubrus scored two goals Monday and Alexander Ovechkin and Matt Pettinger also scored for Washington, which is only seven points behind first-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division despite winning only three of its first 10 contests.

Ovechkin has six goals in his last five games.

Washington, which plays four of its next five at home, will face Boston twice in three games. The Bruins host the Caps on Saturday night.

That could be favorable for the Caps, although the now well-rested Bruins avoided a third straight loss by defeating the Senators 4-3 on Saturday. Patrice Bergeron got the winner with 6:28 remaining and Glen Murray scored two goals as Boston avoided another third-period collapse.

Ottawa's Chris Neil had cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal in the final minute of the second period, and he tied it 1:25 into the third before Bergeron responded.

"Wins have been tough to come by," Murray said. "We've had trouble holding leads and we can't afford to give any games away."

Murray broke a two-game string without a point. He has 12 goals and 14 assists in 34 games against the Caps.

Boston had a second straight strong game killing penalties Saturday after it allowed four power-play goals on 11 chances in a 5-3 loss to Atlanta on Nov. 6. The Bruins held the Senators to one goal in seven opportunities and have given up only two goals in 13 chances over the last two contests.

P.J. Axelsson had two assists for Boston, which allowed fewer than five goals for the first time in five games.

Bruins center Marc Savard had an assist Saturday and has 12 points in the last six contests.

Boston won the first three meetings with Boston last season before losing in overtime in the final matchup. All four contests were decided by one goal.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 15 '07WSH 3 at BOS 4 - SOP. Kessel
Feb 06 '07BOS 3 at WSH 2 - SOP. Kessel
Nov 18 '06WSH 2 at BOS 3 - OTG. Murray
Nov 15 '06BOS 3 at WSH 2 - SOP. Bergeron
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