Capitals Come Back To Down Avalanche, 3-2; T.J. Oshie Tips In Game-Winner With 2:04 Left

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The Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche, who entered the game winners in eight of their last nine (8-1-0). by a score of 3-2 at Pepsi Center in Denver on Thursday night to snap their two-game losing streak. The victory lifted the Capitals five points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division, though the Penguins now have two games in hand on the Capitals. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 32 saves in the loss in his third start in four games.

Capitals’ Lines at Avalanche

With center Evgeny Kuznetsov missing his first game of the season due to a lower-body injury, Lars Eller was elevated to the second-line while Travis Boyd took Eller’s place on the third. Defenseman Radko Gudas drew back in after getting scratched in the team’s 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday.

First Period

Former Capitals’ forward Andre Burakovsky one-times one on a two-on-one rush with center Nathan MacKinnon past Holtby’s glove from the right circle to open the scoring for the Avalanche 2:54 into the game.

Forward Mikko Rantanen sniped one over Holtby’s glove from the right dot after getting a feed from MacKinnon along the wall on the power-play with 3:55 left in the period.

The Capitals led 13-6 in hits and 8-3 in blocked shots after 20 minutes.

The Avalanche led 11-8 in shots, 4-2 in takeaways, won 59% of the draws, converted on their lone power-play, and had three giveaways while the Capitals had four in the first.

Second Period

Center Nicklas Backstrom tapped in a rinkwide pass from the half wall by defenseman John Carlson at the doorstep to cut the Avalanche lead in half on the power-play with 8:23 left in the second.

The Capitals led 18-9 in hits, 127 in hits, 7-6 in takeaways, and went one-for-three on the power-play through the first 40 minutes.

The Avalanche led 22-19 in shots, won 64% of the draws, and scored on one of their four power-plays in the first two periods.

Each team was credited with five giveaways and 11 second-period shots through two.

Third Period

Forward Tom Wilson tipped in Carlson’s shot from the point in front of goaltender Philipp Grubauer on the power-play to tie it with 7:12 left. The Capitals now have multiple power-play goals in three straight games.

Forward T.J. Oshie tipped defenseman Nick Jensen’s shot from the point in front of a screened Grubauer to give the Capitals the lead with 2:04 to go.

The Capitals led 38-34 in shots, including 19-12 in the third, 27-14 in hits, 7-6 in takeaways, had five giveaways while the Avalanche had six, and went two-for-five on the power-play.

The Avalanche led 22-19 in shots, 17-16 in blocked shots, won 61% of the draws, 9-8 in takeaways, and scored on one of their four power-plays.

The win was the Capitals’ eighth when trailing heading into the third, which is tied with the Dallas Stars for the most in the league.

The Capitals continue their road trip against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Action from Gila River Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 10 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Capitals Come Back To Down Avalanche, 3-2; T.J. Oshie Tips In Game-Winner With 2:04 Left

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    That. Was. Awesome! Great duel between Holts and Grubi, even better comeback victory for the Caps.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Great comeback victory. Although it seemed like Gruby was Halaking the Caps for quite a while. And I had nightmares about that infamous Montreal series of 2010. (Halaking still seems to have a better ring than most of the other goalie names.)

  3. Clifford Keefe says:

    The end result was satisfying…Burakovsky dents the twine, but we win anyway…in comeback fashion at that…if it wasn’t for Grubauer channeling Jacques Plante we could have scored on nine separate occasions…


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