- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. — Secondary scoring. That’s all Washington Capitals coach Glen Hanlon had been asking for, some scoring from someone on the team not named Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin did score last night — his 16th goal of the season into an empty net with 69 seconds left — but four other Caps also found the net, and some of them were as secondary as Washington can get.

Kris Beech, Boyd Gordon, Alexander Semin and Chris Clark scored, and Olie Kolzig made 48 saves to lead the Caps to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending their six-game winless streak. It was Kolzig’s fourth win of the season in which he made 40 or more saves.

“I was just going to be satisfied with a win, but we said all along we had to get some secondary scoring,” Hanlon said. “The first part of the game, like any team that’s on a slide, we were a little apprehensive. Once the second goal went in, we started to get rolling after Olie kept us in the first part.


“Then, when the game got to be 4-2, a young team that was sitting on its heels, Tampa had a lot of experienced guys, they could smell blood, and they were on the attack. But tonight we needed Olie at critical times in the game, and he was there for us.”

Kolzig faced a season-high 50 shots last night, half of them coming in the third period when the Lightning were trying to salvage something out of the night. Nick Tarnasky and Vincent Lecavalier made it 4-2 with 10 minutes left, but Kolzig slammed the door.

The goalie downplayed his role in the victory.

“It wasn’t like we were dominating the game. We were capitalizing on our chances,” he said. “We took way too many penalties [seven], and I think they generated half their shots [24] off their power play. We played well on Long Island last week but didn’t win. Tonight, we didn’t play as well, but a win is a win. We’re still learning.”

Said Hanlon, who was a goalie when he played: “Most of the time you give Olie a decent chance to win a game and he brings it home for you, his leadership when we need games like this, and he comes through.”

Said Clark, who scored late in the second period on an assist by Ovechkin: “He was unbelievable. We needed a break, and we got it in the first period with that goal [Beech]. But before that Olie kept us in. It easily could have been 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, but he kept us in it until we could score.”

The Caps went nearly 11 minutes without a shot on goal, and Beech scored his second of the season at 14:12 on just the second shot by the Caps.

Gordon scored short-handed less than two minutes into the second, also his second of the season, with Semin and Clark adding goals late in the middle period to make it 4-0.

Semin’s goal came after he missed on his first try, but without missing a step he quickly regained control of the puck and got off a wrist shot so rapidly it was less than a blur. He had gotten off to a torrid start with eight goals in seven games but then went 12 games with none. He had missed the last four games with a shoulder injury.

Notes — Last night was the first game in nearly a month in which the Caps had no medical scratches. Both Semin (out four games because of his shoulder) and right wing Richard Zednik (lower body) were back in the lineup, giving the coaches a variety of options not available when those players weren’t medically fit. The healthy scratches were defenseman Jamie Heward and center Jakub Klepis.

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