Avalanche blows 2-0 lead as Capitals snap Colorado’s five game winning streak

The Avalanche gave Alex Ovechkin ample opportunity to become the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700 goals Thursday. Ovechkin, who is No. 3 all-time with 259 career power-play goals, was a mainstay in the Washington Capitals‘ five opportunities with the man-advantage at the Pepsi Center.

The Russian superstar didn’t have a point in the game, but the Caps scored two power-play goals to climb out of a two-goal deficit and struck at even-strength with 2:04 remaining to skate off 3-2 winners — snapping Colorado’s five-game winning streak.

T.J. Oshie scored the game-winner minutes after Tom Wilson scored a power-play goal on Washington’s fifth man advantage. The Avs also had significant time on the power play but went 1 for 4.

Nathan MacKinnon‘s new-configured line had a hand in Colorado’s two first-period goals, by Andre Burakovsky (power play) and Mikko Rantanen. Nicklas Backstrom also scored a power-play goal midway through the second period to cut Washington’s two-goal deficit in half.

The Avs clung to a 2-1 lead after two periods following a power-play friendly final 10 minutes of the frame in which both teams had giant opportunities on the advantage. Colorado failed to capitalize on three power plays — including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:00.

But the Avs continued to take penalties and Washington got the equalizer when Burakovsky was penalized for high-sticking. Wilson, from the doorstep in front of goalie Philipp Grubauer, tied it 2-2 by redirecting a long shot from John Carlson.

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Avalanche takeaways: Can this excellent road team bring that magic back to the Pepsi Center?

Washington scored on its first power play to cut Colorado’s 2-0 deficit in half midway through the second period.

The Avs take their home ice to the Air Force Academy, where they will practice Friday afternoon and play Saturday’s NHL Stadium Series game against the Los Angeles Kings at Falcon Stadium. They return to the Pepsi Center for Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Footnote. Franchise legend Peter Forsberg was in attendance.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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