Capitals Hold On for 5-3 Win Over Avalanche, Win 6th Straight

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The Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The win raised the Capitals’ record to 51-17-8 (110 points). The Capitals next travel to Arizona to face the Coyotes on Friday night. Puck drop is 10:00 p.m. 

Philipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the Caps. This was his first start since March 11th.

Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt and Paul Carey were the healthy scratches for the Capitals.

This was the second game of a back-to-back set for the Capitals, having played in Minnesota last night. This was also the second game of a season-long, five-game road trip.


  • The Capitals stretch their winning streak to six games.
  • The Capitals power play has at least one goal in 8 of the last 10 games.
  • Marcus Johansson has five assists in the last two games.
  • Capitals power play is 9-for-19 over the course of the 6-game win streak. The penalty kill is 15-for-16.

The Capitals opened the scoring with a power play goal by John Carlson at the 4:00 mark of the opening frame.

The Avalanche tied the game on a goal by Mikko Rantenen at 11:11 of the first period.

The Capitals would quickly take back the lead with a deflected goal by Jay Beagle at 11:48 of the first period, giving the Caps a 2-1 lead. The goal was set up with a blast from the point by Kevin Shattenkirk, giving him his 10th assist as a Capital.

The first period would end with the Caps leading 2-1. Colorado led in shots on goal 14-12 for the first 20 minutes.

The Capitals would stretch their lead to 3-1 on a power play goal by Marcus Johansson at 4:57 of the middle frame.

Evgeny Kuznetsov would stretch the Capitals’ lead to 4-1 at the 11:03 mark of the middle frame.

The Avs would answer with a goal by Matt Nieto at 13:50 of the middle frame, closing the gap to 4-2.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-2. The Capitals outshot the Avs 16-6 for the middle frame, and led 29-20 through two periods of play.

Colorado would cut the Capitals’ lead to one with a dazzling highlight reel goal by Nathan MacKinnon at 4:29 of the final frame.

The Capitals tired late in the third period, as most of the game action took place in the Capitals zone. However, Lars Eller would add an empty net goal at 18:38 to finally secure the victory for the Capitals.

By Jon Sorensen



About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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