Capitals 4, Islanders 1
By Kerry Gwydir
(Dec. 2) For the third-straight game, the Islanders' penalty killers
gave up a pair of man-up goals, this time in the first 10 minutes of
the contest, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Islanders on
Tuesday, 4-1. It was the Isles' sixth-straight defeat and ninth in 11
Washington went on the first powerplay three shifts into the game
when Roman Hamrlik took down Caps' forward Alexander Semin at the
Isles' blueline. Then Oleg Kvasha high-sticked Dainius Zubrus, giving
the visitors a two-man advantage for 1:04. Just prior to that,
Jaromir Jagr went through four Islanders and nearly put one behind
Former Islander Kip Miller put his team on the board first as he
banged home a Jagr shot that had missed the net originally. With
Kenny Jonsson without a stick, Miller had Jagr's missed blast go
right to him at the right post for an easy tap-in.
As Kvasha sat the second-half of his double-minor, Jagr made it a 2-0
game as he gained position in front on the Isles' defense and tapped
home Zubrus' centering pass. The Islanders had their opportunities to
clear, but the Caps twice blocked off attempts up the boards.
Just 9:41 into period, Washington defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski rushed
through Janne Niinimaa and Eric Cairns to backhand a shot under Snow
to open up a big lead for the visitors. On the play, Alexei Yashin
won an offensive zone faceoff. Yet, Mattias Weinhandl was muscled off
the puck and Washington went the other way. Kwiatkowski fought off
Jeff Hamilton's backchecking and deked Snow to the ice.
On the next shift, a pair of heavyweights went at it in the opening
period. Stephen Peat and Cairns unloaded heavy blows before the
Islander scored a right that sent the Caps' forward to the ice.
After neither team scored in the second, Washington's Zubrus padded
his club's lead early in the third. A loose puck jumped over
Niinimaa's stick at the Caps' blueline, where Zubrus was in full
stride and buried a breakaway chance.
Arron Asham got the Isles finally on the board at the 2:54 mark of
the third. The winger corralled a loose puck in center ice, blew
around Olaf Kolzig and the Caps' defense to deposit the puck into the
Mariusz Czerkawski was not in the lineup as he had an irregular
heartbeat checked out in the afternoon. He is expected to skate in
practice on Wednesday.
again as skid hits 6
By PETER BOTTE
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
You had to pay close attention to the multiple "Mike Must Go" chants
that rained down at Nassau Coliseum during this latest debacle, a 4-1
loss to 30th-ranked Washington that basically establishes the
Islanders as the NHL's worst team at the moment.
Was it just coincidence that slumping captain Michael Peca was on the
ice for every one of those chants, while GM Mike Milbury wasn't even
in the building?
Peca, who also was booed heavily when a video promoting his place on
the All-Star ballot was shown in the second period, defended his play
and his leadership abilities following his team's sixth straight
defeat and ninth in 11games.
"That's what fans do. Nobody's harder on Michael Peca than Michael
Peca," said Peca, who has only two goals in 48games since
February. "There's no denying I'd like to have more goals, but having
said that, I haven't hurt the team. I haven't been a liability.
"Obviously, no matter how many times Mike or Steve (Stirling) told me
at the start of the year 'don't worry about the goals, just play
defense,' I knew eventually goals dry up and it's going to fall back
on me. But that's the expectation I place on myself also."
Expectations for the sinking Isles, meanwhile, are dwindling rapidly.
The Rangers arrive tomorrow for the first of five meetings between
the headed-in-different-directions rivals.
The Isles (9-12-2-0) have been outscored 22-5 during their six-game
collapse, fueling questions about their character and their unity.
Peca even discussed teammates who "stare at their shoelaces during
meetings" and the need to "whack somebody across the head."
"Anytime there's speculation and problems... and leadership
questions, it's always going to fall on the captain's shoulders,"
Peca said. "But we've tried everything...(Stirling and Milbury) and
everybody wish they had a psychological degree to figure it out."
Garth Snow was peppered for three goals before the 10-minute mark,
including power-play goals by Kip Miller (5-on-3) and Jaromir Jagr by
5:59. Milbury stormed out of his box after Joel Kwiatkowski made it 3-
0 at 9:41.
Arron Asham's third-period goal prevented the Isles' third shutout in
HEART SCARE: Leading scorer Mariusz Czerkawski expressed concern
Monday over being benched, then he was held out of the lineup because
he experienced an irregular heartbeat. Czerkawski, who has no known
history of heart ailments, was examined by Dr. Elliot Pellman, who
cleared him to resume skating today.
sles Lose Again, Making a Run at Being the Worst
By RON DICKER
Published: December 3, 2003
UNIONDALE, N.Y., Dec. 2 â" The Islanders are reaching into their dark
recent past, when defeats were matter-of-fact and a sleepy Nassau
Coliseum was livened up only by scattered booing.
Their losing streak reached six games with a 4-1 defeat against
Washington on Tuesday night. The Capitals (8-15-1-1) had the league's
worst record before the game. The Islanders are making a run for that
A five-on-three goal by the Capitals' Kip Miller, another power-play
goal by Jaromir Jagr and an even-strength shot from the right wing by
Joel Kwiatkowski shoved the Islanders behind, 3-0, in the first 14
Jagr scored his 10th goal of the season. He is playing better and is
apparently happier, too. He dismissed any chance of the Capitals'
"I never asked for a trade and I don't want to be traded," he
said. "I'm upset at the way we're losing, but I don't want to go
The Islanders (9-12-2-0) do not seem to be going anywhere, either.
They spent the evening skating with all the intensity of a family
night at Central Park's Wollman rink. Some among the 10,851 in
attendance began to boo anything, including line changes and player
biographies on the scoreboard. A Fan of the Game promotion showed a
closeup on one man who quickly lifted up a sign of "Mike M. Must Go,"
referring to General Manager Mike Milbury. Fans later chanted for
When the Islanders' Eric Cairns picked a fight with the Capitals'
Stephen Peat after the first goal, it was as predictable as a pro
wrestling smackdown. The Islanders had no real fight left in them.
Before the game, they scratched their top scorer, Mariusz Czerkawski,
because of an irregular heartbeat. He had not produced a goal since
the team began its skid.
They called up Jeff Hamilton, the American Hockey League's leading
goal scorer, to spice up an attack that has managed just three goals
in five games. But Coach Steve Stirling benched him for all but one
quick shift in the second period after a defensive mistake led to the
Capitals' third goal.
The Islanders' high-priced stars have gone into hibernation. Aleksei
Yashin, their $8-million-a-year center, squeezed off seven shots but
has now gone 12 games without a goal and has not even created a point
in six games. Michael Peca, the $5-million-a-year captain, extended
his streak without a goal to 11 games. Aware of recent criticism, he
retreated to full defensive mode. "I haven't hurt the team," he
said. "I haven't been a liability."
A 7-3-2 start and two straight playoff appearances seemed to herald a
new era for the Islanders after eight seasons of being one of the
But feelings of insecurity seemed to emerge after Milbury waived
Jason Wiemer last month. Then the league seemed to figure out
Czerkawski. Now subtle locker-room finger-pointing has sunk the team
into desperation mode, with the Rangers visiting Thursday.
Against the Capitals, the Islanders made token efforts to finish
checks or even begin them. Defenseman Arron Asham prevented a shutout
with a third-period goal.
But there was little reason to celebrate. "Obviously, the situation
is worsening," Peca said. "There always seems to be one more straw
that breaks our back."
ISLES' SKID HITS SIX
By EVAN GROSSMAN
December 3, 2003 -- Capitals 4 - Islanders 1
It just keeps getting worse for the Islanders.
They dropped their sixth straight game last night in a wretched 4-1
loss to the Caps at the Coliseum - on a night Mariusz Czerkawski was
scratched with what the team called an irregular heartbeat.
Czerkawski had been singled out Monday for his poor play away from
the puck, and seemed a likely candidate to be a healthy scratch
anyway to accommodate AHL recalls Mattias Weinhandl and Jeff Hamilton.
A team spokesperson said Czerkawski felt ill following practice
Monday, after which he had a matter-of-fact meeting with coach Steve
Stirling about where he needs to improve his game.
The team said Czerkawski, who leads the Isles with 11 goals, has no
previous heart problems and called it "a minor incident."
Czerkawski, who was not available for comment, is expected to resume
Neither Mike Milbury nor Stirling was available last night to
elaborate on Czerkawski's status or prognosis, since the team only
announced the irregular heartbeat through its public-relations
department after the coach and GM had departed.
But the Isles proved last night that no matter who's in their lineup,
things are so rotten right now, there may be no hope until Milbury
backs up the truck.
"I've been on teams where guys don't care, and that's not the case
here," Adrian Aucoin said.
Washington raced to a 3-0 lead on goals from Kip Miller (5-on-3 power
play), Jaromir Jagr and Ivan Ciernik in the first period as the Isles
lost by another knockout.
"Obviously the situation is worsening," captain Michael Peca said.
"We have meetings and guys will stare at their shoelaces the whole
time. And you hope they get it, you hope they get the message. You
ask if they get the message, and they nod 'yes,' so there's not much
more we can do, other than whack someone across the head.
"But obviously we're not gonna do that."
For a second straight game, fans chanted, "Mike Must Go." But these
chants may have been directed at Peca, as well as at Milbury.
The boos rained on No. 27, scoreless since Nov. 6, during a segment
when his picture appeared on the scoreboard.
"That's what fans do," Peca said. "There's no denying that I'd like
to have more goals than I do, but having said that, I haven't hurt
the team, haven't been a liability.
"I'm capable of doing other things to help the team, and I think I've
done that to this point."
Arron Asham scored the goal for the Isles in the third period after
Dainius Zubrus had made it 4-0. . . .
Caps became the last team to win consecutive games this season. Olaf
Kolzig turned aside 25 shots in the Cap net. . . .
Islanders are 1-24-3-1 in their last 29 meetings with the Capitals.
Isles also are 1-12-1 in their last 14 home games against Washington.
The Isles' only victory in that stretch clinched their first playoff
appearance in eight years on April 6, 2002.
Peca Becomes Target
Fans jeer captain during 6th straight loss
By Alan Hahn
December 3, 2003
That old familiar chant of "Mike Must Go!" echoed throughout Nassau
Coliseum last night, as the tailspinning Islanders were en route to
their sixth consecutive loss. But the target this time was somewhat
In past seasons it has been the serenade for general manager Mike
Milbury, who last night stormed away from his seat in the GM's box as
the Washington Capitals built a 3-0 lead in what became a 4-1 victory
over the Islanders. But those among the crowd of 10,851 booed captain
Michael Peca heavily, especially during an ill-timed feature about
him on the center-ice scoreboard.
"Fans do what they do," Peca said afterward. "No one is harder on
Michael Peca than Michael Peca."
But it appears Peca, the subject of trade rumors last summer and
again in recent weeks, has assumed the weight of the Islanders
troubles. He extended his goal-less streak to 11 games and remains
stuck on just two for the season. He was also on the ice for both of
Washington's power-play goals - one on a 5-on-3 advantage - that came
in the first six minutes of the game. It was the third straight game
the Islanders, who had the NHL's best penalty-killing unit before the
Thanksgiving weekend, have allowed two power-play goals.
Coach Steve Stirling said he thought Peca "played pretty hard
tonight" and Peca was more furious with the early advantage the
Islanders gave the Capitals.
"We had a good morning skate and a great practice [Monday]," he
said. "We come out ready to go and [give them a] two-man advantage to
start the game against one of the best power plays in the league.
Even when we're ready to go, we're not doing ourselves any favors."
Roman Hamrlik (boarding at 1:59) and Oleg Kvasha (double-minor for
high-sticking at 2:56) took senseless penalties to put Jaromir Jagr
and Co. on a two-man advantage for 1:03. Kip Miller scored at 3:19
and Jagr added a second goal on the ensuing 5-on-4 at 5:59 to put the
Islanders in an immediate 2-0 hole.
Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski raced around Bridgeport call-up Jeff
Hamilton and beat goalie Garth Snow at 9:41 to make it a 3-0 lead.
Dainius Zubrus made it 4-0 for the Capitals at 1:01 of the third.
Arron Asham helped the Islanders avoid their third shutout in four
games with a goal at 2:54. But by the middle of the second period,
fans had targeted Peca. Afterward, the captain opened up about all
issues, especially himself.
"There's no denying that I'd like to have more goals than I do," he
said. "But having said that, I haven't hurt the team. I haven't been
a liability. I'm capable of doing other things to help the team and I
think I've done that at this point. Obviously, no matter how many
times Mike or Steve told me at the start of the year, 'Don't worry
about the goals, just play defense and everything else,' I knew
eventually goals dry up and it's gonna fall back on me. But that's
the expectations I place on myself also."
Defenseman Adrian Aucoin defended Peca and the questions about the
team's leadership. "It's so easy to start picking on people," said
Aucoin, one of several Islanders who haven't been on his game during
the losing streak. "It's almost second-nature."
Peca wondered about some players who "stare at their shoelaces the
whole time" during team meetings. "You hope they get the message, you
ask if they get the message and they nod yes," Peca said. "There's
not much more you can do. Whack somebody across the head, but
obviously you can't do that."
INSIDE GAME 25
RECORD: 9-9-5-2 LAST SEASON: 10-12-3-0
MINUS: Call-up Jeff Hamilton, the AHL's leading goal-scorer, saw just
one shift in the first period. On that shift defenseman Joel
Kwiatkowski powered by him for the Capitals' third goal.
MINUS: Alexei Yashin's performance showed determination with the puck
(seven shots on goal), but he also was a minus-2 and won just one of
Six and Counting
The Islanders dropped their sixth consecutive game last night.
They've been outscored 22-5 during the skid:
Date Opponent Result
Nov. 20 At Tampa Bay L, 3-2
Nov. 22 At Columbus L, 2-1
Nov. 26 Vs. Carolina L, 2-0
Nov. 28 At Detroit L, 6-0
Nov. 29 Vs. Philadelphia L, 5-1
Dec. 2 Vs. Washington L, 4-1
Power Play: 1-for-23 (9-for-68 and ranked 23rd at the start of the
streak, now 29th).
Penalty Kill: 26-for-36 (63-for-70 and ranked No. 1 at the start of
the streak, now third).
Shots on Goal: Outshot 138-128 in the six games (average of 27.1-
25.6). Had been outshooting teams 27.6-24.9 at the start of the
Alexei Yashin: 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-7
Michael Peca: 0 goals, 2 assists, even
M. Czerkawski: 0 goals, 1 assist, -4 (five games)
Jason Blake: 0 goals, 0 assists, -2
Mark Parrish: 1 goal, 0 assists, -3
Roman Hamrlik: 0 goals, 1 assist, -4
Adrian Aucoin: 0 goals, 1 assist, -3
TV: Metro, MSG
Radio: WFAN (660), ESPN (1050)
Mariusz' Heart Woe
December 3, 2003
Mariusz Czerkawski did not play in last night's game against the
Washington Capitals. He was expected to be a healthy scratch as a
punishment for sluggish recent play. But when doctors discovered an
irregular heartbeat Monday night, it was clear that he would sit out
Czerkawski was not available for comment. Team spokesman Chris Botta
said Czerkawski will "skate today and see how he feels." Czerkawski,
31, had no known history of heart problems but wasn't feeling well
during Monday's practice. He had an animated discussion with coach
Steve Stirling after the practice and Stirling told him he was
considering scratching him.
Later in the day Czerkawski was checked out by team doctors, who
discovered the irregular heartbeat. He didn't skate yesterday morning
with the team, but, according to Botta, was "feeling better." The
veteran winger, who opened the season with 10 goals in the first 13
games of the season, is goal-less in six games and has just one goal
and one assist in his past nine. He saw just 8:09 of ice time in the
team's previous game, a 5-1 loss to the Flyers on Saturday.
He is not the only ice-cold Islander - Alexei Yashin is goal-less in
12 games now, Michael Peca goal-less in 11 and Roman Hamrlik goal-
less for the season - but Czerkawski was to be the one Stirling chose
Mattias Weinhandl, who was called up from Bridgeport on Monday, took
Czerkawski's spot on the top line with Yashin and Oleg Kvasha.
Scouts from the Minnesota Wild and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim - two
teams looking for more scoring - continue to be regular attendees at
Islanders games. For tomorrow night's game against the Rangers the
Ducks will be heavily represented. Anaheim GM Bryan Murray was GM of
the Florida Panthers when he sent Mark Parrish to the Islanders as
part of the Roberto Luongo-Olli Jokinen deal . . . One team that has
not been monitoring the Islanders, somewhat surprisingly, is the
Edmonton Oilers who have unsigned center Mike Comrie on the
block . . . Shawn Bates, who is suffering from strep throat, played
Caps finally win 2 in a row
By David Elfin
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
UNIONDALE, N.Y. â" All it took for the Washington Capitals to put
together a two-game winning streak was a game against their favorite
Kip Miller and Jaromir Jagr scored power-play goals in the first
six minutes, and the Caps never looked back en route to a 4-1 victory
over the New York Islanders last night at Nassau Coliseum.
The Caps, who hadn't won two in a row since Games 1 and 2 of
April's Eastern Conference quarterfinals in Tampa Bay, won for the
third time in five games to move past Pittsburgh and out of the
conference basement at 8-15-1-1. The victory raised Washington's
record to a staggering 24-1-3 against New York over the last seven
seasons. The Islanders, who were booed by the home crowd much of the
night, lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
"I don't know if relief's the right word," Caps coach Bruce
Cassidy said. "It's more a sense of accomplishment. We're starting to
play a better brand of hockey on the road [4-2 in the last six games
with three to go on the road trip], which is good seeing we're on the
road a lot. The Islanders are going through some of the stuff that we
have. We said, 'If we get the first one, maybe they'll be back on
their heels,' and sure enough, they get a high-stick call, and away
Washington already had an extra skater thanks to a boarding
penalty on New York's Roman Hamrlik when the Islanders' Oleg Kvasha
was called for high-sticking Dainius Zubrus at 2:56 of the first
period. Kvasha was given four minutes in the box, but the Caps needed
just 23 seconds to take advantage of the 5-on-3. Jagr took a pass
from Robert Lang and fired a shot from the left circle. The puck
bounced directly to Miller, who had half the net in which to deposit
his second goal and first since Nov. 8.
Lang, the NHL's offensive player of the month in November,
extended his scoring tear to 16 games (11 goals, 13 assists), one shy
of Hall of Famer Mike Gartner's team record.
As the second half of Kvasha's infraction wore on, Peter Bondra's
slap shot from the right point caromed back to Zubrus in the right
circle. Zubrus smartly slid the puck across the slot to Jagr, who
poked it through goalie Garth Snow's legs for his 10th goal and a 2-0
edge at 5:59. Jagr has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) during his
12-game scoring streak, the league's longest this season other than
"We had a good start, and every time we have a good start and win
the first period, we have no problem," Jagr said.
The power play goals involving Washington's big guns have become
commonplace, but the next score was unusual. At 9:41 of the first,
defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski burst into the New York zone with a head
of steam and beat the seemingly befuddled Snow with a backhand. The
goal was the second of the season and third of Kwiatkowski's 94-game
career. It was just the seventh goal scored this season by a
"There's no question that we're a better team when we have the
lead," said goalie Olie Kolzig, who made 25 saves in raising his
career record against the Islanders to 23-5-2.
Zubrus increased the margin to 4-0 just 61 seconds into the third
period. Brendan Witt threw the puck up ice. Zubrus jumped on it in
the neutral zone and raced toward the net before beating Snow with a
high shot for his ninth goal. Arron Asham answered with a similar
score 1:53 later, grabbing a loose puck, deking around Witt and
"It's something to build on," Kolzig said of the most modest of
Snow, who surrendered three goals in the first period and three
more in just 6:24 of the second period before being pulled from the
Islanders' season-opening 6-1 loss at MCI Center, dropped to 2-7-2
lifetime against the Caps as some of the home crowd chanted for New
York general manager Mike Milbury's departure.
Seen and heard last night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.:
LANG HONORED â" Caps left wing Robert Lang was named the NHL's
offensive player of the month for November. Lang, who entered last
night's game third in the league with 31 points, had 22 points (11
goals and 11 assists) in 14 games last month. He had scored at least
a point in 15 straight games, and only Hall of Fame right wing Mike
Gartner, who put together a pair of 17-game runs, had a longer streak
for the Caps. The honor is the first for Lang. Three Caps had been
named as player of the month: Gartner (January 1987) and goalies Jim
Carey (March 1995 and March 1996) and Olie Kolzig (January 2000).
QUITE A QUINTET/QUARTET â" Entering the game, Robert Lang (32
points), Jaromir Jagr (27), Sergei Gonchar (24), Dainius Zubrus (17)
and Peter Bondra (14) had produced 114 of Washington's 180 points (63
percent). Lang (14), Bondra (10), Jagr (10) and Zubrus (nine) had 43
of Washington's 64 goals (67 percent).
LOVE THE ISLAND â" The Caps, who won just three of their first 36
games against New York and were eliminated from their first three
playoff appearances by the Islanders, have grown to love playing at
Nassau Coliseum. The Caps are 9-1-1 in their past 11 games in
Uniondale. Washington was 24-1-3 overall against New York since the
start of the 1997-1998 season.
It's a 1st: Capitals Win 2nd in Row
Jagr, Lang Spark Island Adventure: Capitals 4, Islanders 1
By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 3, 2003
UNIONDALE, N.Y., Dec. 2 -- After 25 games, a series of humbling
defeats and a season's worth of turmoil, Washington finally has a
winning streak. The Capitals pasted the New York Islanders, 4-1, at
Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night, becoming the last NHL team to win
consecutive games this season and ending the franchise's longest such
drought since 1977-78.
The usual suspects led the way as winger Jaromir Jagr extended his
point streak to 12 games and center Robert Lang stretched his streak
to 16, one shy of Mike Gartner's franchise record. Lang was named the
NHL's offensive player of the month for November and has produced 24
points in 16 games, while Jagr has amassed 20 points in 12 games;
Tuesday they keyed a three-goal first period that clinched the
"If we don't get on some kind of a roll here, then we can forget
about the playoffs, that's for sure," said winger Dainius Zubrus, who
had two points. "We have to keep this going."
Jagr immediately imposed himself on this game. The Capitals (8-15-1-
1), who have scored more than two goals for a season-high three
straight games, were already on the power play when he twirled around
three Islanders and found Zubrus at the post. Oleg Kvasha high-
sticked Zubrus to prevent him from scoring an easy goal, drawing a
four-minute penalty for doing so.
Lang and Jagr, who have been dominating the first period lately,
traded three passes while on the five-on-three power play, getting
goalie Garth Snow to open up before Jagr fired. The shot struck the
end boards and bounced out to Kip Miller, who knocked it into the far
side of the net.
"[Jagr and Lang] have been ready to play now for a number of weeks,"
Coach Bruce Cassidy said, "and things are happening for them."
"We know that when we have a lead after the first period we never
lose [6-0-1]," Jagr said. "That has to be our goal, to win the first
period and then just play our game."
Washington, winner of four of its past six road games to pull out of
last overall in the league, was still on an extended power play when
Jagr made it 2-0. Peter Bondra and Sergei Gonchar whipped passes at
the point before Bondra redirected the puck to Zubrus. Zubrus, who
scored a pretty breakaway goal in the third period, found Jagr in the
slot for a tricky deflection and the Capitals had scored twice in the
opening six minutes. Jagr has 42 goals and 100 points in 64 career
games against the Islanders and is now fifth in the NHL scoring race.
"Since the coaches put [Jagr and Lang] on the same line, they have
been our leaders," Zubrus said.
The foundering Islanders surrendered another goal before the first
intermission, this one the most demoralizing of the bunch. New York
was taking an offensive-zone faceoff and had little to fear before
Capitals defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski collected the puck and began
blazing the length of the ice. Kwiatkowski held off his checkers,
switched to his backhand and beat Snow's glove to complete a
The Islanders were booed heavily as the first period concluded,
something quite frequent when playing Washington. The Capitals have a
24-1-3 record against them over the past seven seasons, including a
12-1-1 mark in this arena. New York has lost six straight games -- by
a margin of 22-5 -- and nine of 11.
Dressing-room strife is threatening to dissolve their season, and
they have passed the Capitals by as being the league's most
Team captain Mike Peca and $9 million winger Alexei Yashin are
heckled at each home game for their poor play, General Manager Mike
Milbury listened to chants of "Mike must go" during the third period
and first-year coach Steve Stirling is facing the same chemistry
issues that cost Peter Laviolette his job.
"They're going through some of the same kind of stuff that we went
through," Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig said. "They've struggled and we
made a point of that before the game."
This was a rare night when Washington was the more cohesive team on
the ice and off. Now, amid their first winning streak of any kind
since opening the playoffs with two victories before losing four
straight, the Capitals seek to continue their good fortune for a few