Kolzig had done his best in the face of an onslaught of shots by
Carolina, yet all he got for his effort was another loss.
Cory Stillman scored the first of three Carolina power-play
goals, and the Hurricanes fired 41 shots at Kolzig in cruising to a
4-0 victory Saturday night.
"Olie let in four goals and I think he should have been the
star [of the game]," Carolina's Ray Whitney said. "The stops he
made, the plays he made, they were simply amazing."
It was the fourth straight game that Washington permitted at
least 40 shots; Kolzig faced 49 on Thursday in a 3-2 defeat against
Carolina went 3-for-12 on the power play, including 2-for-4
while peppering Kolzig with 24 shots in the second period.
"We just get ourselves in penalty trouble and it's kind of a
snowball effect," Kolzig said. "It seemed like the first few
kills we did a great job, then I think we got too tired and we
allowed them too many easy chances. We have to eliminate the
penalties sooner or later, or it's going to be a long season."
It's already been a tough one for Kolzig, who's facing an
average of 38 shots per game.
Stillman, Matt Cullen and Rod Brind'Amour scored in the second
period to give Carolina a 3-0 lead, and Stillman set up a
third-period goal by Whitney, who was activated from the injured
list before the game.
"It's a skating game right now and our forwards did a good
job," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. "We got it in deep
and we played the way we wanted to play."
It was Carolina's first shutout and the first time the Capitals
have been blanked. The Hurricanes have outscored Washington 11-2 in
two games this season.
It was also the first time this season in which Capitals rookie
Alexander Ovechkin failed to get a point. The eight-game run
(6-4-10) to start his career was the longest since Dmitri
Kvartainov had points in 14 straight games with Boston in 1992.
"It doesn't matter if I score or assist. We lose the game," he
Ovechkin had a chance to extend the streak while the Capitals
enjoyed a 4-minute power play midway through the third period, but
Gerber and the Carolina defense were up to the task.
Gerber entered after Ward turned aside the only shot he faced.
During a delay to fix the glass, Laviolette pulled Ward, who hurt
his left arm during a collision at the net, and replaced him with
Stillman put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at 7:47 of the second period,
scoring off his own rebound after taking a pass from Erik Cole
during Carolina's sixth power-play opportunity of the game.
Cullen scored a fluke goal in the final two minutes of the
period. Skating down the right side with defenseman Brendan Witt
blocking his path, Cullen forced a shot that bounced off Witt and
into the net.
Brind'Amour added his fifth goal just over a minute later with
Carolina on a two-man advantage.
By the end of the period, the Hurricanes had a 35-11 advantage
in shots on goal.