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Washington Capitals hand Colorado Avalanche rare home defeat

Apr 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) battle for the puck in the first period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Johansson scored the go-ahead goal at 10:46 of the third period and the visiting Washington Capitals defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night, snapping Colorado’s nine-game winning streak.

Conor Sheary stole the puck in the Colorado zone and passed across the slot to Johansson, who scored on a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 48th goal of the season for Washington (43-23-10, 96 points), who have won six of seven. Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves.

Ovechkin, who has six goals in his past seven games, needs two more for his ninth 50-goal season, which would tie Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy for the NHL record.

Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for the Avalanche (55-15-6, 116 points), who entered the game 29-2-2 in their past 33 home games and had not lost to an Eastern Conference team in regulation at home.

The Avalanche had tied the game 2-2 at 8:13 of the third period when Artturi Lehkonen jammed home a puck in the crease. Washington challenged the play for goaltender interference saying the puck was under Samsonov’s pad and the pad was pushed in, but the call on the ice was upheld.

Garnet Hathaway gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 4:02 of the first period when he poked the puck past Jack Johnson and beat Kuemper glove side from the left circle.

Valeri Nichushkin tied it 1-1 at 17:05, ripping a wrist shot off the far post and in from the left circle for his 22nd goal of the season.

The Capitals took a 2-1 lead at 13:27 of the second period when John Carlson’s shot caromed off the end boards to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who slid the puck across the crease to Ovechkin for the tap-in.

Carlson extended his season-high point streak to seven games (four goals, nine assists).

The Avalanche, who have clinched the top seed in the Western Conference, rested top-pair defenseman Devon Toews and forward Andrew Cogliano.

–Field Level Media