NHL Game Summary - Washington at Colorado
(Tuesday, December 15th)
Final Score: Washington 6, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Jose Theodore was strong with 27 saves and Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 6-1, at Pepsi Center.
David Steckel, Mike Knuble, Matt Bradley and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington, which has won eight of its last 10 games and maintained its position as the overall standings leader in the NHL with 48 points.
This was Theodore's first game in Denver against his former team. The goaltender played in parts of three seasons with the Avalanche before he signed with Washington as a free agent prior to the 2008-09 season.
"I didn't know what to expect," said Theodore. "I have a lot of great memories here. This is a tough building to play in, but tonight we played smart."
T.J. Galiardi scored the only goal for the Avalanche, who saw their brief two- game win streak halted. Craig Anderson allowed five goals on 21 shots and was pulled after two periods of action. Peter Budaj stopped three shots in relief.
The Capitals dominated the contest from start to finish, and it took less than two minutes after the opening faceoff for the visitors to crack the scoreboard via Fleischmann's 12th goal of the season.
Knuble gave Washington a two-goal lead with 2:57 to go in the opening stanza. Alex Ovechkin carried the puck down the left-wing side amid a slow-developing 2-on-1 with Knuble. Ovechkin slipped the disc to Knuble in the low slot before the veteran forward used a deke move to beat Anderson with a low backhander along the ice.
"We gave them opportunities and they buried them," said Anderson "That team will score every chance they get."
At the 4:02 mark of the second stanza, Steckel gave the visitors a 3-0 advantage. Bradley's shot from the left circle made its way to the net despite traffic in front and Anderson made the save. However, the rebound was not controlled and Steckel was all alone atop the crease for an easy rebound.
An alert defensive play by Kyle Wilson led to Washington's fourth goal. The Avs were attempting to break out of their defensive zone, but Wilson intercepted John-Michael Liles' cross-ice pass above the right circle. Wilson immediately sent a saucer pass to the goal mouth for a nifty redirection goal by Fleischmann at 10:33.
"It was a very bad read -- it was a bad play and it was totally my fault," said Liles. "I won't do it again."
Several minutes later, with 6:38 to go before the second intermission, Bradley's sixth marker of the campaign made it 5-0 when be banked the puck into the net off the back of Anderson's pad from behind the net.
Galiardi and Backstrom traded power-play tallies in the final stanza.
Washington blueliner Mike Green left the game in the second period and did not return. He was checked into the rear boards from behind by David Koci...It was Wilson's NHL debut...Washington improved to 11-5-3 on the road this season...This marked Fleischmann's fourth two-goal game of the season...The Avs were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Caps were 1-for-2 with the extra skater.
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