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                *** NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Washington ***                            (Wednesday, January 9th)                     Final Score: Washington 2, Colorado 1  Washington,  DC  (Sports Network) - Olaf  Kolzig carrie d a shutout deep  into the  third period and finished with 18 saves as the Washington Capitals downed the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1, at Verizon Center.  Donald  Brashear and  David Steckel  each  scored third-period  goals for  the Capitals, who have won four of their last five games.  "Two  points is  two points," said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. "I believe this was one of the more exciting games we've played this season. We had a few chances to put it away and once we got that goal we started to believe."  Marek  Svatos  scored the lone  goal while Jose Theodore  made 21 saves in the loss  for the  Avalanche, who have dropped  two straight and six of their last seven overall.  "Jose  made  some key  stops  to  keep us  going,"  said  Colorado coach  Joel Quenneville.  "But  we  were unable  to  get  the  offense  going. It  is  two frustrating losses in a row."  It  was a  scoreless game  heading  into the  third period,  but the  Capitals grabbed  the lead  just 2:51 in. Off  a faceoff win, Matt Bradley sent a quick pass from the low left circle to the slot, where Brooks Laich sent a one-timer on net that Brashear tipped over Theodore's blocker.  Washington  gave itself  some insurance with 3:59 left in the game, as Steckel skated  in on net  and sent a pass from the right circle to the slot, where it hit off the stick of an Avalanche defenseman and popped over the left shoulder of Theodore.  The  goal proved  necessary for Washington, as Colorado scored just 38 seconds later.  On the rush,  Wojtek Wolski sent a backhand pass from the right circle to  the  slot, where  Svatos grabbed it  and snapped a  quick wrister into the right corner of the net.  The  Avs pulled  Theodore with under a  minute to play for the extra attacker, but  Kolzig made a kick save on a Tyler Arnason shot in close and a glove save on another Arnason shot to preserve the win.  It  was a slow first period, as the teams combined for just 10 shots, six from Washington, all of which the goaltenders turned aside.  The  second period was also scoreless, with the teams combining for 13 shots - eight from Washington.  The  best opportunity of the frame came with just under eight minutes to play, as  Laich skated  in on a breakaway, but  Theodore came up with a body save on Laich's wrister.                                     Game Notes  Colorado  continues its  five-game  road trip  at  Carolina on  Saturday...The Capitals  host  Philadelphia on Sunday  afternoon...Neither team scored on the power play, with Colorado having two chances and Washington three.              01/10 00:05:27 ET

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