WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Capitals are taking baby steps back toward
Olaf Kolzig made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and the
Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 Sunday night.
Robert Lang scored for the Capitals, who have won two straight for the
second time this season, the first time at home. Washington's only other
consecutive victories were Nov. 29 in Columbus and Dec. 2 at the New York
"The only way to build confidence is by winning," Kolzig said.
Edmonton, which had won three of five, finished a six-game road trip
"We're fighting to get back into playoff position and these are the ones
you can't let slip away," Edmonton left wing Mike York said.
The Oilers were 0-for-6 on the power play and twice wasted two-man
"Our power play is getting predictable right now with the lack of offense
that it provides for us," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "I can't
remember the last power-play goal we got, but we got a two-minute,
five-on-three tonight and couldn't capitalize -- that ended up costing us the
While the Edmonton power play faltered, Washington's penalty killers
"We don't want to take that many penalties and for the penalty kill to
carry us, but if that's the case, that's the case," Kolzig said.
Lang's team-high 22nd goal gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with 20 seconds left
in the first period. Lang was between the circles and flicked a centering pass
from Jeff Halpern past Tommy Salo.
The Capitals killed three Edmonton power plays in the second period,
including a double minor on defenseman Brendan Witt on which the Oilers managed
only two shots.
Kolzig, who recorded his 32nd career shutout, made three big saves later in
the second period.
He stopped Cory Cross' wrist shot on a rush down the slot, then knocked away
Ethan Moreau's follow-up on the rebound with just over four minutes remaining.
In the final minute of the period, Kolzig swatted away Moreau's attempted stuff
The Oilers gambled after a cross-checking penalty on Halpern 2:30 into the
third period, asking for a measurement on one of Jaromir Jagr's sticks. The
stick was deemed illegal, but Edmonton failed to score on a two-minute, two-man
"They had all the time in the world," Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar
said. "To kill those two minutes were huge for us."