- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2000


The Washington Capitals' dressing room was not a place for the faint-hearted between the second and third periods last night. There were some raised voices, some of them very loud, and some of the questions being asked were very pointed indeed.
Whatever it took, the Caps responded with one of their best periods of the season. In the process they earned a 2-2 overtime deadlock against the Pacific Division-leading Phoenix Coyotes at MCI Center, displaying effort not seen lately on a nightly basis.
Olie Kolzig was the individual hero for the first two periods, keeping the Caps in the game almost single-handedly with the type of stops that propelled him to the Vezina Trophy last season.
Then it was Ulf Dahlen's turn, with huge assists going to Steve Konowalchuk and Peter Bondra, who set up both of the wing's goals. He scored on similar plays both times, poking the puck through Sean Burke's legs after Konowalchuk had put it in the crease. The tying score came with Kolzig off for an extra attacker.
"We had everybody going to the net the way they were supposed to," coach Ron Wilson said. "[Konowalchuk] just threw it to the front of the net, which is what we needed to do."
It was the second time this season Dahlen had a pair of goals, and they all seemed to come from the same area right around the crease, with the goalie within reach.
"Having a guy like Dahlen around the front of the net, I wish some of the young guys would watch him and figure out this is how you score," Wilson said. "You go to the front of the net you might get whacked but if you're hungry enough, you'll eventually find the puck. Dahlen did a great job nothing fancy just put it in the net."
Still, the Caps have gone five games since their last win. The tie was their sixth of the season.
"Yeah, we'll take the point, and it's a good point because we're down going into the third and we were down [near] the end of the game, but we got to go to practice [today] and be disappointed we didn't get a win," Dahlen said. "We only have three wins. We have to go to practice and start getting ready for Friday because we have to start winning games."
Last night's effort brings a question: Why does Washington comes out like that against only the best teams and not against teams like Atlanta?
"I don't know the answer to that," Dahlen said. "We know we're playing a good team, and I think a lot of other nights the effort has been there and we worked really hard. But there were times during those games when we let our guard down, and that's been hurting us. Tonight we were patient. We got a tie, and it's something to build on."
Jeremy Roenick, roughed up along the boards late in the game, scored in the second for Phoenix, and Dahlen tied it midway through the third. Keith Tkachuk put the Coyotes ahead with six minutes left, and Dahlen knotted it again with 22 seconds left.
No one was satisfied with the tie. Both clubs went for the win in the extra five minutes, but again Kolzig stood tall.
"He made some great saves in overtime," said Wilson, a statement that could have covered the whole game.

Notes Left wing-peacekeeper Craig Berube was one of the Caps' alternate captains last night, the first time he has worn an 'A' for Washington… .
Sylvain Cote played in his 500th Caps game last night, only the 15th member of the team to hit that figure. It was also the 1,049th game of his NHL career. It is his second tour with the Caps (he played 483 games in his first stint). He was traded to Toronto on March 24, 1998, for defenseman Jeff Brown, who played only nine games with the Caps because of a series of concussions. Cote broke in with Hartford and has also played for Chicago and Dallas.

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