NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Washington|
(Saturday, December 11th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Paul Stastny scored what proved to be the
game-winning goal midway through the second period, and the Colorado Avalanche
held on for an impressive 3-2 road victory over the struggling Washington
Stastny also assisted on the other two Avalanche goals, as Colorado finished
its five-game road trip with two wins after opening with three losses. Kevin
Shattenkirk finished with a goal and an assist, while Ryan Wilson also scored
in the victory.
Craig Anderson withstood an array of Capitals shots and stopped 40 to pick up
Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist, and Matt Hendricks also scored for the
Capitals, who have lost five straight for the first time since Bruce Boudreau
was named head coach. Alex Ovechkin failed to score again and now has only two
goals in his last 13 games; the Caps have gone 5-6-2 in that stretch.
Michal Neuvirth allowed three goals on 26 shots in defeat.
"That looked more like our team tonight," Boudreau said. "When things aren't
going well, that's what happens. It's on the upswing, not on the downswing. If
we have an effort like that again tomorrow, we might get rewarded for it."
Shattenkirk opened the scoring 2:14 into the first period, and Knuble came
back to tie the game for Washington. Ovechkin slipped past a defender and
threw a backhand toward the net. The puck deflected off Anderson's glove and
into mid-air, where Knuble whacked it into the net at 9:45.
With 1:21 to go in the opening period, Wilson streaked down the left side of
the ice uncovered and took a feed from Stastny. He skated into the circle all
alone and fired a wrister to Neuvirth's glove side for a 2-1 lead.
Stastny extended the Avalanche lead with the lone second period goal while on
the man advantage. Shattenkirk held the puck at the right circle, and Stastny
snuck to the front of the ice unbeknownst to three Capitals defenders. The
ensuing pass went perfectly between the three, and Stastny simply redirected
it from the mouth of the crease at 9:53.
"I think it kind of changed the momentum, it was a big goal for us to get that
two-goal lead," Stastny said. "Sometimes, we have a tendency to sit back when
we have that lead, and that's what we happened a little bit."
Hendricks cut the Caps' deficit to one 4:30 into the third with a nifty
between-the-legs move on the power play. The puck bounced off a defender's
stick to Hendricks, who was facing away from the net. His shot seemed to
surprise Anderson, as the disc slid underneath the goaltender for a 3-2
Washington had its final power play opportunity with less than six minutes to
go, but came up empty. Pulling Neuvirth with 1:19 to go also failed to produce
an equalizer, as the Capitals piled on another loss to their ledger.
The last Caps five-game skid came from November 10-21, 2007, and ended with
head coach Glen Hanlon's dismissal...The Avs finished their five-game road
trip 2-1-2...Washington recorded 31 shots in the final two periods, compared
to only 13 for Colorado.
12/12 01:40:30 ET