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Zednik, Zubrus lead Capitals past Flames

Oct 31, 2006 - 5:26 AM CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals are happy that Richard Zednik has returned to the fold.

Zednik scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist as the Capitals posted a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Dainius Zubrus also scored twice for Washington, which hasn't lost to Calgary since March 13, 1999.

Zednik, who played his first seven seasons with the Capitals, was re-acquired by Washington in July after playing three seasons with Montreal. His tally with 4:06 left in the second period gave Washington a 2-1 lead.

"I don't know what it was," Zednik said. "I felt great tonight, I was getting shots and in the first period, I felt comfortable on the ice."

The 30-year-old Slovakian scored again midway through the third session. He took a pass from Alexander Ovechkin in the middle of the ice and wristed a shot past goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

"You know (Ovechkin's) going to give you great passes," Zednik said. "For me, I just have to put it on net and get it in."

"You could feel it on the bench and you could see it in (Zednik's) body language," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "The exuberation that he showed for somebody that's played that many games and scored that many goals in the NHL, you could just sort of tell. The puck was in his hands at the right time, he got a chance to score and he did."

Zubrus tallied an empty-netter with 19 seconds left to seal the win for Washington, which split its four-game Western road trip.

Olaf Kolzig stopped 37 shots for the Capitals to tie Hall of Famer Ken Dryden with 258 wins, good for 33rd all-time.

"That's great, but I think Kenny played half the years that I did so I think eventually I was going to catch him," Kolzig said. "When everything is said and done, you look back and you've got more wins than a Hall of Famer like Ken Dryden, then obviously it's something special."

Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which has won just once in its last six outings.

"We've got to score more goals," Iginla said. "We've got to find ways to win and we're not doing that. We had a better first period than we've been having lately but the bottom line is you've got to find ways to get that big goal in close games."

Kiprusoff turned aside 27 shots before he was pulled with 52 seconds remaining and the Flames down, 3-2.

"We're really trying to establish the fact that we have to get an identity as a hard-working physical team," Flames coach Jim Playfair said. "We have to build it back up again. I think we have spent a lot of time talking about our identity and we haven't done the work that goes into re-establishing that."






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