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Edmonton
Oilers
36-29-12-5
Washington
Capitals
23-46-10-3

26 SOG
22 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
EDM
WSH
game recap

Edmonton Oilers 0, Washington Capitals 1 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Edmonton Oilers 0, Washington Capitals 1 FINAL
Edmonton Oilers 0, Washington Capitals 1

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Capitals are taking baby steps back toward respectability.

Olaf Kolzig made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 Sunday night.

Robert Lang scored for the Capitals, who have won two straight for the second time this season, the first time at home. Washington's only other consecutive victories were Nov. 29 in Columbus and Dec. 2 at the New York Islanders.

"The only way to build confidence is by winning," Kolzig said.

Edmonton, which had won three of five, finished a six-game road trip 3-2-0-1.

"We're fighting to get back into playoff position and these are the ones you can't let slip away," Edmonton left wing Mike York said.

The Oilers were 0-for-6 on the power play and twice wasted two-man advantages.

"Our power play is getting predictable right now with the lack of offense that it provides for us," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "I can't remember the last power-play goal we got, but we got a two-minute, five-on-three tonight and couldn't capitalize -- that ended up costing us the game."

While the Edmonton power play faltered, Washington's penalty killers prospered.

"We don't want to take that many penalties and for the penalty kill to carry us, but if that's the case, that's the case," Kolzig said.

Lang's team-high 22nd goal gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with 20 seconds left in the first period. Lang was between the circles and flicked a centering pass from Jeff Halpern past Tommy Salo.

The Capitals killed three Edmonton power plays in the second period, including a double minor on defenseman Brendan Witt on which the Oilers managed only two shots.

Kolzig, who recorded his 32nd career shutout, made three big saves later in the second period.

He stopped Cory Cross' wrist shot on a rush down the slot, then knocked away Ethan Moreau's follow-up on the rebound with just over four minutes remaining. In the final minute of the period, Kolzig swatted away Moreau's attempted stuff in front.

The Oilers gambled after a cross-checking penalty on Halpern 2:30 into the third period, asking for a measurement on one of Jaromir Jagr's sticks. The stick was deemed illegal, but Edmonton failed to score on a two-minute, two-man advantage.

"They had all the time in the world," Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar said. "To kill those two minutes were huge for us."

scoring summary
1st Period
19:40
WSH
Robert Lang (22) ASST: Jeff Halpern (7), Jaromir Jagr (27)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:45
WSH
Bates Battaglia  Tripping against  Adam Oates
09:19
EDM
Radek Dvorak  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
11:55
EDM
Scott Ferguson  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Verot
11:55
WSH
Darcy Verot  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Ferguson
2nd Period
00:39
EDM
Mike York  Hooking
04:25
WSH
Sergei Gonchar  Interference against  Mike York
06:15
WSH
Brendan Witt  Roughing
06:15
WSH
Brendan Witt  Cross checking
3rd Period
02:30
WSH
Jaromir Jagr  Illegal stick
02:30
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Hi-sticking against  Steve Staios
09:39
EDM
Jason Chimera  Hooking against  Darcy Verot
17:25
EDM
Raffi Torres  Tripping against  Jason Doig
goalie stats
Tommy Salo
SA: 22TOI: 59:34
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 26TOI: 59:51
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1