GAME: Calgary Flames (22-14-3-3) at Washington Capitals (13-26-4-1).
TIME: Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST.
The last-place Washington Capitals hope to achieve their first three-game
winning streak of the season as they welcome the Calgary Flames to the MCI
Tied for 28th in the NHL with 31 points, the Capitals have won consecutive
games for just the second time this season. On Sunday, they defeated Edmonton
Olaf Kolzig made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season, two nights
after Washington beat Carolina to snap an 0-6-1 skid
"The only way to build confidence is by winning," said Kolzig, who has 32
Glen Hanlon has been Washington's coach for only a month, but he's seen
enough to know that Kolzig doesn't deserve a lot of the blame for the Capitals'
"When you end up facing 35 shots a night, odds are something bad is going
to happen. I have no problem with Olie's play," Hanlon said. "We allowed him
to feel good about himself by not exposing him to too many shots early on."
In the win, Robert Lang scored his team-leading 22nd goal, matching his
total from all of last season.
The Capitals, who are 2-1 on four-game homestand, have lost just twice in
their last 10 meetings with the Flames (6-2-2).
Injury-plagued Calgary has dropped two of three, including Tuesday's 4-1
loss to Toronto.
Shean Donovan scored for the Flames, who played without forwards Craig
Conroy, Dave Lowry, Chuck Kobasew and Blair Betts, as well as goalies Roman
Turek and Miikka Kiprusoff.
"We were pretty flat," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who had five
goals and 10 points in the previous four games. "It's disappointing. This is
two games in a row where we haven't been energetic enough. We haven't competed