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11/30/2006 10:52:34 PM


WASHINGTON (AP) - Olaf Kolzig erased a pesky zero from his career stat sheet.

Kolzig made 35 saves and withstood a third-period rally to finally defeat the only NHL franchise he had never beaten as the Washington Capitals edged the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Thursday night.

''I think that rounds off the NHL, doesn't it?'' Kolzig said. ''It might be the last time I ever play them, too. You never know - we don't play them next year.''

Richard Zednik, Chris Clark, Matt Pettinger and Alexander Semin scored for the Capitals, who won their second straight after six losses. Jakub Klepis had two assists.

Kolzig, who earned his 262nd career win, had been 0-9-1 against the Minnesota/Dallas franchise before handing the Stars their season-high third consecutive loss. Dallas had beaten the Capitals five straight.

Jussi Jokinen had two goals and Stu Barnes, playing in his 1,000th NHL game, also scored for Dallas, which dropped its fourth consecutive road game. Phillippe Boucher and Mike Ribiero had two assists apiece.

''We had some chances late. . Percentage-wise, when you get behind by that kind of score, you're not going to win the game,'' Barnes said. ''We've got to be better at playing complete games. When that puck drops, make sure we play the way we want to play for the complete 60 minutes.''

Capitals defenceman Jamie Heward sustained a serious cut on his face from a skate in the third period. The injury required stitches and he is out indefinitely.

Zednik and Clark scored 1:52 apart in the first for a 2-0 lead.

Zednik's fourth goal put the Capitals up 1-0 at 13:05. No one picked Zednik up along the right wing and he snapped a short pass from Brooks Laich past Mike Smith from the right circle.

With Washington on a power play, Klepis won the puck in a scrum along the boards and fed Clark, who scored from between the circles at 14:47.

Jokinen cut the lead in half 41 seconds into the second period, flipping the puck past Kolzig from high in the slot.

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The Caps did suprizingly well - especially Erskine.
Dallas tried a Sabres-type rally, but needed about another minute to tie it. Olie barely saved the win.

 
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