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Avalanche 3, Capitals 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 3, Capitals 2
Colorado Avalanche 3, Washington Capitals 2

WASHINGTON (AP) - Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists, Craig Anderson had 40 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat Washington 3-2 on Saturday night to conclude a miserable homestand for the struggling Capitals.

It was the fifth straight loss for Washington, its longest skid since a five-game slide in November 2007. After losing in Dallas on Dec. 2, the Capitals dropped four successive home games by a combined score of 14-7.

Washington began its longest homestand of the season with a 12-1-1 record at Verizon Center. The Capitals are 4-8 overall since Nov. 17.

Rookie Kevin Shattenkirk contributed a goal and an assist and Ryan Wilson got his first goal of the season to help the Avalanche earn its second straight win.

Colorado led 2-1 when Washington's Alexander Semin, the team leader in goals, received a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct for cross-checking John-Michael Liles at 6:07 of the second period. At 9:53, Shattenkirk sent a pass across the crease to Stastny, who easily scored from the left side for a two-goal cushion.

Matt Hendricks got the Capitals to within a goal at 3-2 with a power-play tally at 4:30 of the third period. Hendricks, who played 60 games with Colorado over the past two seasons, scored on a shot from the low slot between his legs and with his back to the net.

After going 0-for-8 on the power play Thursday night in a loss to Florida, Washington went 1-for-3 against Colorado. But the Capitals are 13-2-2 when scoring a power-play goal.

The Avalanche took only five shots in the third period, but effectively tended to business in the defensive end.

Colorado went up 1-0 at 2:14 of the first when Stastny won a draw to the left of goalie Michal Neuvirth and got the puck to Shattenkirk, who skated toward the net and squeezed a shot through his pads.

Midway through the period, Alex Ovechkin worked the puck into the Colorado zone and around defenseman Ryan O'Byrne before tapping a backhander toward the net. Anderson blocked the shot, but Mike Knuble knocked in the high rebound for his 250th career goal.

Wilson made it 2-1 at 18:39 of the first period by working his way open on the left side and converting a cross-ice pass from Stastny.

Notes: Capitals D Mike Green was scratched with the flu. ... Colorado RW Milan Hejduk missed his first game this season after hurting his groin in Friday's win over Atlanta. ... Avalanche D Kyle Quincey left with an injured shoulder. ... Tomas Fleischmann of Colorado and Scott Hannan of the Capitals faced their former teammates for the first time since being traded for each other 11 days earlier.

scoring summary
1st Period
Kevin Shattenkirk (5) ASST: Paul Stastny (15)
1 - 0 COL
Mike Knuble (6) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (24), Karl Alzner (3)
1 - 1 Tie
Ryan Wilson (1) ASST: Paul Stastny (16), Kevin Porter (2)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
PPG - Paul Stastny (12) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (11), Daniel Winnik (6)
3 - 1 COL
3rd Period
PPG - Matt Hendricks (4) ASST: Mike Knuble (7), Nicklas Backstrom (22)
3 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Jason Chimera  Hi-sticking against  Paul Stastny
2nd Period
Adam Foote  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin  Cross checking (maj) against  John-Michael Liles
Alexander Semin  Game misconduct against  John-Michael Liles
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
3rd Period
Tomas Fleischmann  Slashing against  John Carlson
Kevin Porter  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 36 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .952SH: 2 - 2
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 26TOI: 58:41
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
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