Caps rally for 3-2 win over Avs, Ovechkin still at 698 goals

DENVER (AP) T.J. Oshie's tip with his stick produced the game-winner. It was Nicklas Backstrom's oratory assist that really got the Capitals going.

Oshie deflected in the deciding goal with 2:04 remaining and Washington rallied for a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night as Alex Ovechkin remained stuck on 698 career goals.

''I can't tell you how it went in or where it went in,'' said Oshie, whose team ended a two-game slide. ''But I'm happy it went in.''

Trailing 2-0 after the first, the Capitals needed a spark.

Backstrom's stern words to the rescue.

The veteran forward delivered a strong message at intermission. It hit home as the Capitals picked up their game, especially on the power play. Backstrom certainly turned his words into action by scoring on the man advantage in the second period. Tom Wilson tied the game by redirecting a shot on the power play with 7:12 remaining.

''When Nick talks, everyone listens,'' said goaltender Braden Holtby, who finished with 32 saves. ''He doesn't say much all the time. I think that's part of why it means so much when he does. When he says something, it's time to listen. That's why he's been our backbone forever. That's why everyone follows him.''

Philipp Grubauer stopped 35 shots against his former team, including seven from Ovechkin as the 34-year-old tries to become the eighth NHL player to reach the 700-goal mark. Ovechkin has gone three games without a goal since his hat trick on Feb. 4.

Andre Burakovsky and Mikko Rantanen had goals for Colorado, while Nathan MacKinnon added two assists as the team's five-game win streak was halted.

Colorado pulled Grubauer late in the contest, but couldn't tie the game.

''Real good team in Washington,'' Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. ''We didn't win enough battles. We won some races, but we didn't win enough battles.''

Backstrom had a power-play goal in the second period for the Capitals in part because of Ovechkin. The Avalanche were concentrating on No. 8 so intently that Backstrom got loose down low to redirect a pass past Grubauer.

A pivotal moment was in the second period when Colorado had a 5-on-3 opportunity for a minute. Holtby kept Colorado at bay to keep a 2-1 game.

''If you can kill off a 5-on-3, somehow the numbers tilt in your favor heavily, even if you're behind in a game like that,'' Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. ''That was a big turning point in the game.''

Burakovsky and Rantanen scored on shots to the glove side of Holtby in the first period to give the Avalanche a 2-0 lead.

MacKinnon assisted on both to reach the 80-point mark for the season. He joined Hall of Famer Joe Sakic (81, 1995-96) as the Avalanche players to reach 80 points within the first 56 games.

Colorado kept constant watch on Ovechkin, shadowing him wherever he went in the offensive zone. Even then, he got his share of good looks.

In the second, his redirect in front of the net hit Grubauer in the glove. Ovechkin had an even better chance in the first after finding himself open in front of the net. His attempt deflected over the top of the net by Grubauer's stick.

''Everybody tries to shut down Ovi,'' MacKinnon told the media after morning skate. ''No one does.''

Grubauer was just hoping Ovechkin didn't reach the momentous milestone while he was in goal.

''I don't want to be part of that (history),'' Grubauer said before the game. ''It would be nice to watch it on TV instead of being on the ice.''

NOTES: Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov was a scratch with an upper-body injury. ... Avs F Nazem Kadri is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. ... Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg was in attendance and received an ovation from the crowd. ... Burakovsky scored his career-best 18th goal of the season against his former team.

UP NEXT

Capitals: At Arizona on Saturday in their in the second of a three-game Western Conference swing.

Avalanche: Play the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in an outdoor game at the Air Force Academy. It will be Colorado's second outdoor appearance. The Avs lost to Detroit at Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016.

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123T
WAS37-15-5
0123
COL33-17-6
2002
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Backstrom C100210/19023:561
T. Boyd RW00032/7012:161
J. Carlson D02-120/0026:341
N. Dowd C00-129/2208:443
L. Eller C02103/11416:240
R. Gudas D00000/0013:564
C. Hagelin LW00010/0013:210
G. Hathaway RW00-111/0008:041
N. Jensen D01110/0017:260
M. Kempny D00000/0017:150
B. Leipsic LW00-110/0007:252
D. Orlov D00010/0023:014
T. Oshie RW10131/3218:383
A. Ovechkin LW00070/0025:483
R. Panik RW00000/0012:152
J. Siegenthaler D00000/0012:291
J. Vrana LW011100/0015:580
T. Wilson RW10041/1020:281
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Bellemare C00019/5014:041
A. Burakovsky LW11110/0217:501
M. Calvert RW00010/0014:421
I. Cole D00050/0218:062
J. Compher RW00007/5018:341
J. Donskoi RW00010/0214:171
S. Girard D00030/0018:140
R. Graves D00030/0019:161
E. Johnson D00010/0218:350
T. Jost C00000/2207:240
V. Kamenev C01103/2006:540
G. Landeskog LW00-117/5019:331
N. MacKinnon C02097/7022:440
C. Makar D00030/0022:591
V. Nichushkin RW00010/0009:361
M. Nieto LW00000/0011:532
M. Rantanen RW10-1310/1021:370
N. Zadorov D00010/0017:131
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Holtby (W)342320.94159:33
GOALIESSA
B. Holtby (W)34
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Grubauer (L)383350.92157:49
GOALIESSA
P. Grubauer (L)38
Nathan MacKinnon shot on goal (Wrist shot)
WAS:GoalsShots
COL:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • WAS
      17:56GOAL T.J. Oshie (Tip-in shot), Assists: Nick Jensen and Lars Eller
    • WAS
      12:48(PP) GOAL Tom Wilson (Tip-in shot), Assists: John Carlson and Lars Eller
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • WAS
      11:37(PP) GOAL Nicklas Backstrom (Tip-in shot), Assists: Jakub Vrana and John Carlson
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • COL
      16:05(PP) GOAL Mikko Rantanen (Wrist shot), Assists: Nathan MacKinnon and Andre Burakovsky
    • COL
      02:54GOAL Andre Burakovsky (Slap shot), Assists: Nathan MacKinnon and Vladislav Kamenev
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • COL
      11:13Andre Burakovsky penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • COL
      04:02Ian Cole penalty Hooking - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • COL
      18:57Joonas Donskoi penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • WAS
      16:47Lars Eller penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
    • WAS
      15:47Nic Dowd penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • COL
      13:04Erik Johnson penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • COL
      10:32Tyson Jost penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • WAS
      06:49Lars Eller penalty Slashing - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • WAS
      15:36T.J. Oshie penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
WAS
COL
Shots on Goal3834
Goals in Power Play21
Faceoff Wins2743
Penalties45
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties45
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
WAS
Shots on Goal38
Goals in Power Play2
Faceoff Wins27
Penalties4
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties4
Misconducts0
123T
WAS37-15-5
0123
COL33-17-6
2002
STARS OF THE GAME
7.9 %SHOT %5.9 %
0.941 %SAVE %0.921 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Backstrom C100210/19023:561
T. Boyd RW00032/7012:161
J. Carlson D02-120/0026:341
N. Dowd C00-129/2208:443
L. Eller C02103/11416:240
R. Gudas D00000/0013:564
C. Hagelin LW00010/0013:210
G. Hathaway RW00-111/0008:041
N. Jensen D01110/0017:260
M. Kempny D00000/0017:150
B. Leipsic LW00-110/0007:252
D. Orlov D00010/0023:014
T. Oshie RW10131/3218:383
A. Ovechkin LW00070/0025:483
R. Panik RW00000/0012:152
J. Siegenthaler D00000/0012:291
J. Vrana LW011100/0015:580
T. Wilson RW10041/1020:281
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Bellemare C00019/5014:041
A. Burakovsky LW11110/0217:501
M. Calvert RW00010/0014:421
I. Cole D00050/0218:062
J. Compher RW00007/5018:341
J. Donskoi RW00010/0214:171
S. Girard D00030/0018:140
R. Graves D00030/0019:161
E. Johnson D00010/0218:350
T. Jost C00000/2207:240
V. Kamenev C01103/2006:540
G. Landeskog LW00-117/5019:331
N. MacKinnon C02097/7022:440
C. Makar D00030/0022:591
V. Nichushkin RW00010/0009:361
M. Nieto LW00000/0011:532
M. Rantanen RW10-1310/1021:370
N. Zadorov D00010/0017:131
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Holtby (W)342320.94159:33
GOALIESSA
B. Holtby (W)34
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Grubauer (L)383350.92157:49
GOALIESSA
P. Grubauer (L)38
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
WAS37-15-5
0123
COL33-17-6
2002
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Backstrom C100210/19023:561
T. Boyd RW00032/7012:161
J. Carlson D02-120/0026:341
N. Dowd C00-129/2208:443
L. Eller C02103/11416:240
R. Gudas D00000/0013:564
C. Hagelin LW00010/0013:210
G. Hathaway RW00-111/0008:041
N. Jensen D01110/0017:260
M. Kempny D00000/0017:150
B. Leipsic LW00-110/0007:252
D. Orlov D00010/0023:014
T. Oshie RW10131/3218:383
A. Ovechkin LW00070/0025:483
R. Panik RW00000/0012:152
J. Siegenthaler D00000/0012:291
J. Vrana LW011100/0015:580
T. Wilson RW10041/1020:281
Total3603827/438-27
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Bellemare C00019/5014:041
A. Burakovsky LW11110/0217:501
M. Calvert RW00010/0014:421
I. Cole D00050/0218:062
J. Compher RW00007/5018:341
J. Donskoi RW00010/0214:171
S. Girard D00030/0018:140
R. Graves D00030/0019:161
E. Johnson D00010/0218:350
T. Jost C00000/2207:240
V. Kamenev C01103/2006:540
G. Landeskog LW00-117/5019:331
N. MacKinnon C02097/7022:440
C. Makar D00030/0022:591
V. Nichushkin RW00010/0009:361
M. Nieto LW00000/0011:532
M. Rantanen RW10-1310/1021:370
N. Zadorov D00010/0017:131
Total2403443/2710-14
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Holtby (W)342320.94159:33
GOALIESSA
B. Holtby (W)34
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Grubauer (L)383350.92157:49
GOALIESSA
P. Grubauer (L)38
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
WAS37-15-5
0123
COL33-17-6
2002
TEAM STATS
3.83
GF AVG
3.27
GA AVG
.71
Power Play
4.00
GF AVG
3.06
GA AVG
.74
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.