WASHINGTON (AP) -Donald Brashear and David Steckel each scored in the third period and Olaf Kolzig made 18 saves in the Washington Capitals' 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
|Marek Svatos reacts to his third-period goal preventing a second consecutive shutout. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)|
The game was scoreless until Brashear scored 2:51 into the third period. Matt Bradley skated from behind the net and directed a pass to Brooks Laich, whose shot from the left circle was tipped by Brashear past Jose Theodore, who stopped 21 shots.
With 3:59 left, Steckel put the puck past Theodore for a 2-0 lead. It was Steckel's fourth goal of the season.
The Avalanche, which was in danger of being shut out for the second straight game for the first time since Nov. 2001, scored just 38 seconds later on a Marek Svatos goal from Wojtek Wolski to make it 2-1. The goal blew Kolzig's shot at his second shutout of the season and 36th of his career.
Notes: Glen Hanlon, fired as the Capitals' coach on Nov. 22, accepted a scouting job with the team. He'll be based out of Washington. ... Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville coached his 800th game. He's one of three to coach and play 800 NHL games. ... Colorado played its first game in Washington since Mar. 16, 2003. ... Colorado activated C Tyler Arnason, who missed 12 games with a wrist injury.