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Washington Capitals 1, Colorado Avalanche 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Washington Capitals 1, Colorado Avalanche 4 FINAL
Washington Capitals 1, Colorado Avalanche 4

DENVER (AP) -- Andrei Nikolishin empathizes with his former Washington Capitals teammates, not enough to spare them another loss.

Nikolishin scored against Washington, and Rob Blake had a goal and an assist to help the Colorado Avalanche stretch their unbeaten streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over the Capitals on Monday night.

"I feel sorry a little bit for the guys who play against me like Olie Kolzig and the six, seven guys left," said Nikolishin, whose goal gave Colorado a 3-1 lead. "Scoring the third goal was big and the game was over."

Teemu Selanne and Alex Tanguay had a goal each, and Joe Sakic had three assists for Colorado -- 4-0-2 in its last six games. David Aebischer stopped 22 shots -- 12 in the third period -- for the Avalanche, who beat Washington for the first time since Oct. 17, 2000.

Sergei Gonchar scored for Washington, which lost its third straight and fell to (8-18-1-1). The Capitals hadn't lost a road game to Colorado since March 26, 1999.

"Frankly, we deserved a better fate," Washington coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I thought we played better at the end of the second period and in the third period and found a way to lose, again."

Robert Lang was denied a scoring chance by Aebischer from the lower right circle and former Avalanche player Brian Willsie missed an open net on a rebound before Selanne and Blake put Colorado ahead 2-0 in the first period.

Kolzig stopped Blake's slap shot from the right point, but Selanne put the rebound in from just outside the crease at 5:44. Positioned in the lower left circle, Blake converted a cross-ice pass from Milan Hejduk at 11:13 to make it 2-0.

"Teemu made a great play on the first goal coming out of the corner hard," Blake said. "As for my goal, Milan does a great job of landing the puck where you want it."

Aebischer caught a break when Lang hit the right post at 11:40. Sakic also stopped a breakaway by Jeff Halpern by tripping him at the Capitals blue line.

Chris McAllister's double roughing penalty and a high-sticking call on Alex Tanguay gave Washington a two-man advantage that spanned the second and third periods. Gonchar scored at 1:04 of the third with a blast over Aebisher's glove from the right point.

Nikolishin's scored on a backhander with 2:03 left and Tanguay added an empty-net goal with 59 seconds remaining to seal it.

"I think he has been better than expected," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said of Nikolishin. "He is playing more minutes, and sometimes double-shifting."

Nikolishin, who played with Washington from 1996-2002, had some unfinished business with several Capitals.

"We'll go to dinner and talk about it," he said.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:44
COL
Teemu Selanne (9) ASST: Rob Blake (15), Joe Sakic (20)
1 - 0 COL
11:13
COL
Rob Blake (6) ASST: Milan Hejduk (10), Joe Sakic (21)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:04
WSH
PPG - Sergei Gonchar (4) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (20), Robert Lang (20)
2 - 1 COL
17:57
COL
Andrei Nikolishin (3) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 COL
19:01
COL
EN - Alex Tanguay (9) ASST: Joe Sakic (22), Teemu Selanne (10)
4 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
08:56
COL
Chris McAllister  Fighting (maj) against  Stephen Peat
08:56
WSH
Stephen Peat  Fighting (maj) against  Chris McAllister
12:05
WSH
Rick Berry  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
18:17
WSH
Steve Eminger  Holding against  Steve Konowalchuk
18:43
COL
Joe Sakic  Tripping against  Brian Sutherby
19:59
WSH
Jason Doig  Boarding against  Alex Tanguay
2nd Period
05:41
COL
Jordan Krestanovich  Too many men/ice - bench
11:00
WSH
Jeff Halpern  Interference on goalkeeper against  David Aebischer
14:22
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski  Slashing against  Travis Brigley
17:38
COL
Chris McAllister  Roughing against  Jason Doig
17:38
COL
Chris McAllister  Roughing against  Jason Doig
17:38
COL
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Brian Sutherby
17:38
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
19:38
COL
Alex Tanguay  Hi-sticking against  Michael Grier
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 28TOI: 59:20
Saves: 25EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0
David Aebischer
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .957SH: 0 - 0
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