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Capitals Fall Short in Cup Opener, 2-1
Detroit's Chris Osgood Stops Washington's Peter Bondra
Paul Chiasson/AP
Joe Kocur and Nicklas Lidstrom scored 2 minutes 14 seconds apart in the first period Tuesday, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Olaf Kolzig (pictured, left) made 29 saves for the Caps, but they were unable to overcome their own opening-night jitters.

Michael Wilbon
A Little Stage Fright For First-Timers
For Post columnist Michael Wilbon, it wasn't strange that Detroit jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. What was rather bizarre, however, was seeing the Caps skate onto the ice to compete for the Cup in one of the most hallowed hockey arenas in the country.

Despite Loss, Capitals Keep the Faith in Kolzig
Even though he allowed two goals in a 2-minute, 14-second span of the first period, there was nothing but confidence expressed in Caps goalie Olaf Kolzig following Washington's Game 1 loss in the Stanley Cup finals.

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