Wild on 4-of-5 win streak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild are enjoying quite a run.

In an eight-day span, Minnesota has won four of five games and
signed both its holdouts.

On Saturday night, Andrew Brunette scored for the third straight game and the Wild beat the Washington Capitals 2-1.

Wes Walz also scored for the streaking Wild, who will soon have Marian Gaborik back in the lineup.

"I think this is the best game we've played so far," Wild
coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I can't find one guy that I'm
disappointed (with) or think that he didn't play well."

The Wild, who started the season 1-5-1, improved to 5-6-1.

Gaborik, the Wild's leading scorer last season, signed a new
contract with Minnesota on Friday but he was held out of Saturday's
game because he hasn't been with the team all season.

The Capitals, playing for the second straight night, were sluggish until the third period when Robert Lang scored a
power-play goal to bring Washington within 2-1. The Capitals lost
for the eighth time in 10 games (1-8-1) and remained winless on the
road (0-6-1).

"The players need to be more accountable for themselves and
their teammates," Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said. "It's
ridiculous. I'm fed up with it."

The Capitals looked sharp Friday, getting 38 shots in a 2-1
victory over Atlanta. Cassidy said the team returned to some bad
habits Saturday.

"We're right back to where we refuse to shoot the puck,"
Cassidy said. "I'm talking about guys with no goals, I'm not
talking about Jaromir Jagr. He's been in this league for 10 years and he knows what he's doing with the puck.

"You know, the (Brian) Sutherbys, the Halpys (Jeff Halpern), the (Bates) Battaglias -- who refuse to shoot the puck and they have no goals."

Walz opened the scoring on a breakaway at 15:59 of the first period. Walz took a pass from Filip Kuba at the Capitals blue line
and split the defense. He then beat goaltender Olaf Kolzig for his fourth goal of the season.

"That was a gorgeous goal, and a great pass, too," said Brunette.

Brunette's goal came on the power play 9:13 into the second period. Christoph Brandner deflected Willie Mitchell's slap shot into Kolzig, and Brunette was waiting at the right post to put in the rebound.

All three of Brunette's goals this season have come on the power
play, a unit that has scored in a team-record nine straight games.

Lang's fourth goal of the season came at 2:06 of the third
period, spoiling Dwayne Roloson's shutout bid.

The Wild are anxious to get Gaborik back.

"We're all accustomed to playing with him, so I'm sure it will
be smooth," said Brunette. "It'll be great to have him back on
the ice with us."

Game Notes: The Wild are the only team that Capitals forward Jaromir
Jagr has never scored against. ... Capitals C Jeff Halpern played
his 300th NHL game. ... The Wild concluded a streak of five
straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. Minnesota is
5-1 this season against the East.