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Washington 2, Carolina 1

11/15/2003

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Dainius Zubrus took a big hit in the first
period that sent the Washington forward sprawling to the ice. He
waited until the end to get back at the Carolina Hurricanes.

Zubrus scored a power-play goal with 2:13 left and Olaf Kolzig
stopped 38 shots, leading the Capitals to a 2-1 win over the
Hurricanes on Saturday night.

"It was a good, clean hit," Zubrus said of the crushing check
by Erik Cole. "But I guess something like that gets you more into
the game."

The Capitals, with the fewest points in the NHL coming in, have
beaten the Hurricanes twice in the last four days, winning 7-1 in
Washington on Wednesday.

Zubrus scored less than a minute after Jeff O'Neill was called
for a boarding penalty, sending a backhander over the shoulder of
Jamie Storr.

"I'll be accountable for the loss," O'Neill said. "I didn't
score on the five-on-three, I had many opportunities, and the
penalty at the end of the game cost us the game."

Four of Washington five wins have now come against Southeast
Division teams.

"We've always played well against our division," coach Bruce
Cassidy said. "If we're able to get back into this thing a strong
record against our division would be a way to do it."

Washington now trails division-leading Tampa Bay by 10 points.

Kolzig was sensational all night, improving his career record to
17-7-7 against Carolina.

"Olaf seems to amaze every one of us, every day," Zubrus said.

Peter Bondra, with just one goal in his last 10 games, scored 27
seconds into Washington's first power play midway through the
second to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

"It's frustrating because both of their goals were great shots,
just inside the post shots," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.
"Then we have open nets and we're having a hard time just putting
it over the line."

It didn't take long for the Capitals to give up the lead after a
series of penalties over the final half of the second period.

Eric Staal appeared to have a goal about two minutes after
Bondra's score, but replay officials ruled that Kolzig was able to
stop the puck shy of the goal line.

However, the rookie made good on a rebound just seconds after a
Carolina power play expired later in the period for his fourth of
the season.

The Hurricanes wasted a great opportunity to take the lead at
the end of the second with a two-man advantage for 1:52, but failed
to score in a 22-shot period. O'Neill hit the post on one of the
shots as his scoring slump continued.

"The shots were there and the right guys were shooting the
puck," Maurice said. "They're just not going in."

Carolina, which had its four-game home unbeaten streak snapped,
has scored one goal in eight of its 17 games.

"We've talked about playing hard but you've got to get pucks to
go into the net," Maurice said. "We've got to start getting
points in these games because we're playing pretty damn hard."

Game notes
Robert Lang's assist on the game's first goal extended his
point streak to nine straight, matching the NHL high this season.
... O'Neill, one of 12 players with at least 30 or more goals in
each of the last three seasons, has now gone 11 games without one.
... The last time the Hurricanes had a 20-shot period was Jan. 24
against Florida. ... Bondra is one point shy of 800 for his career
-- all with the Capitals.