Washington (1-2-0) at Dallas (2-2-0)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EDT Fri Oct 17, 2003
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Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig is one of the NHL’s best at his position. Just not when he faces the Dallas Stars.

Kolzig will try to earn his first career win against the Stars as the Capitals continue a six-game road trip.

Of Kolzig’s 216 career wins, none have come against the Stars. He is 0-7-1 with a 3.38 goals-against average in nine games against Dallas, the only team he’s yet to beat since making his NHL debut with Washington on Oct. 11, 1989.

Kolzig, however, isn’t the only Capital that struggles against the Stars. Washington has won just two of the past 13 meetings (2-10-1) with Dallas.

Since opening their season with a 6-1 rout of the New York Islanders, the Capitals are 0-2-1, including a 5-1 loss at Montreal on Tuesday.

Backup goalie Sebastien Charpentier made his first start of the season and allowed all five goals on 30 shots.

The Capitals were without forward Mike Grier and defensemen Brendan Witt and John Gruden on Tuesday. Grier served a one-game suspension for elbowing Toronto’s Robert Reichel on Monday, and Witt and Gruden are out with injuries.

“I don’t know if Mike Grier can score four goals,” Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We weren’t very good from the bottom of our lineup to the top. Goaltender, defense, forwards, I mean, let’s face it, even the coaches.”

This is the third game of a six-game road trip for Washington, which also faces St. Louis, Ottawa and Toronto before returning home Oct. 29.

After opening the season with consecutive wins over Anaheim and Nashville, Dallas lost its second straight game Wednesday, 2-0 to visiting Boston.

The Stars outshot the Bruins 27-12, but were unable to beat Andrew Raycroft, who earned his first career shutout.

“We felt it was a matter of time before we scored but he played a great game,” Stars defenseman Richard Matvichuk said. “We’re happy with our effort, but we’re not happy with the loss.”

Right wing Jere Lehtinen, last season’s Selke Trophy winner as the league’s best defensive forward, missed his second straight game with back spasms. Lehtinen is listed as day-to-day.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 15): Capitals - 3 points, 3rd place, 2 PB, Southeast Division. Stars - 4 points, 3rd place, 2 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Capitals - Peter Bondra, 3 goals; Robert Lang and Sergei Gonchar, 3 assists; Lang, 5 points; Brian Sutherby, 7 PIM. Stars - Stu Barnes, 3 goals; Sergei Zubov, 3 assists and 4 points; Bill Guerin, 15 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 15): Capitals - Power play: 20.8 percent (5 for 24), 9th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 88.9 percent (16 for 18), 7th (tied). Stars - Power play: 18.2 percent (4 for 22), 13th. Penalty killing: 85.0 percent (17 for 20), 16th.

GOALTENDERS: Capitals - Kolzig (1-1-1, 0 SO, 2.28 GAA); Charpentier (0-1-0, 5.00). Stars - Marty Turco (2-2-0, 1.92); Ron Tugnutt (0-0-0, 0.00).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Stars, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 13; Stars, 6-1. At Washington, Guerin scored twice in the second period and Mike Modano had two assists as Dallas continued its dominance of the Capitals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Capitals - 0-1-1-0 on the road; Stars - 1-1-0-0 at home.

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