Capitals beat struggling Avalanche 4-3 in overtime
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in overtime, backup Pheonix Copley made 34 saves and the Washington Capitals beat Colorado 4-3 on Thursday night to hand struggling Avalanche their fifth consecutive loss.
The Avalanche have lost 10 of their past 12 games and are the NHL’s worst team since Dec. 7. Colorado is 5-15-4 in that time, going from tied for the most points in the Western Conference to out of a playoff position.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 shots, but gave up rebounds and loose pucks all night. Varlamov couldn’t control power-play shots from former Capitals teammate and countryman Alex Ovechkin, allowing Kuznetsov to score his first goal on a tap-in and getting a break on an early whistle on what would have been a goal by Nicklas Backstrom. Kuznetsov beat Varlamov on a breakaway with 48 seconds left in overtime to end it.
Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington. The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals have won two in a row after losing eight of their previous nine.
Jonathan Quick made 30 saves, and Adrian Kempe and Austin Wagner scored in regulation to help Los Angeles win its third straight and fourth in five games. Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek scored with 18.2 seconds left in regulation. Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers.
Alex DeBrincat scored twice before Toews ended it with his 24th goal to cap a flashy individual effort. Chicago’s captain skated in from the blue line, slipped past Christopher Tanev with a quick move and snapped a shot past goalie Jacob Markstrom. Vancouver rookie Elias Pettersson scored a power-play goal with Markstrom pulled for an extra attacker to tie it with 1:52 left.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Evander Kane scored twice and added an assist in San Jose’s victory over Calgary.
Mark Jankowski and TJ Brodie scored for Calgary. The Flames lost at home in regulation for the first time in nine games. Mike Smith took the loss after stopping 16 in relief after David Rittich was pulled in the first period.
After Calgary opened the scoring on Jankowski’s goal at 4:36 of the first period, the Sharks scored on three straight shots in a 1:25 span. Kane tied it at 12:39 when he spun and sent a shot on net that dribbled through Rittich’s pads. Rittich then raced to a loose puck, but fired it straight into Burns, who skated in by himself and slid it into the vacated net. That was the end of the night for Rittich after allowing two goals on six shots. It didn’t start off any better for Smith, who was beaten by Hertl on a deflection 22 seconds after entering the game.
Danault also had three assists for a four-point game, and Kotkaniemi has scored in four consecutive games.
Montreal jumped ahead of Boston into third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Toronto.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Matheson scored 4:14 into overtime to lift Florida past Pittsburgh.
Mathew Barzal scored in regulation to help New York win for the seventh time in 10 games (7-1-2).
Brock McGinn Greg McKegg, Justin Faulk and Nino Niederreiter also scored for Carolina. The Hurricanes are 12-4-1 in their past 17 games to jump from a tie for 15th in the East to sole possession of ninth.
Schenn skated in from the left wing boards and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Juuse Saros made 27 saves to improve to 14-6-1, with wins in six of his last seven starts.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Darnell Nurse gave reeling Edmonton an early boost by scoring 2:15 into the first period, and the Oilers stopped a six-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota that sent the Wild to their fourth straight loss.
Joel Eriksson Ek scored for Minnesota.
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- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche
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