Game Recap – 10/14/2019 – Colorado Avalanche v. Washington Capitals

Colorado Avalanche (4-0-0 8pts) v. Washington Capitals (3-1-2 8pts)


Game Recap:

Coming home for a three game homestand the Washington Capitals host the Colorado Avalanche, and less than four minutes into the game it would be the Avalanche getting on the board first as Erik Johnson would rip it from the point and have it beat Braden Holtby to give the Avalanche the 1-0 lead. Then the Avalanche would strike two more times, first from Nikita Zadorov, and then less than two minutes later Nazem Kadri would victimize Holtby as he would give up his third goal on the Avalanche’s third shot of the game which would force Todd Reirden to send in Ilya Samsonov. However, it would not matter as while shorthanded on a Jonas Siegenthaler cross checking penalty the Avalanche would strike on the powerplay with a Mikko Rantanen marker. After the Rantanen marker Tyler Lewington would look to get the Capitals back into this game as he would scrap with Valeri Nichushkin, but the Capitals would not capitalize on the fight as they enter the first intermission down 4-0.


In the second period the Capitals would pick up the physicality, and in turn would start generating more shots on goal. A little less than seven minutes into the period Alex Ovechkin would force the turnover and get the puck to Lars Eller who would break Philipp Grubauer’s shutout bid. Then TJ Oshie would deke out Grubauer to cut the Avalanche’s lead to two as they would hold onto a 4-2 lead going into the second intermission.


In the third period the Capitals would start off flying, but a couple mistakes and an Ilya Samsonov turnover would allow the Avalanche back into the game as Matt Nieto would score his first of the season to give the Avalanche the 5-2 lead. However, the Capitals would get a late powerplay opportunity and they would pull Samsonov to which right off the faceoff following a timeout Alex Ovechkin would rip one from the point to cut the Capitals deficit to two. Then the Capitals would strike again with a John Carlson marker, but it would be called back after a Coach’s Challenge for offsides, which was the correct call as TJ Oshie was in the zone before the puck was. But it would be Nathan MacKinnon icing the game for the Avalanche as he would hit the empty net to give the Avalanche the 6-3 victory.



Colorado Avalanche:

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Joonas Donskoi — Nazem Kadri — Andre Burakovsky

Matt Nieto — Tyson Jost — Colin Wilson

Matt Calvert — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Valeri Nichushkin

Samuel Girard — Erik Johnson

Nikita Zadorov — Cale Makar

Ryan Graves — Ian Cole

Philipp Grubauer

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Vladislav Kamenev, Mark Barberio

Injured: J.T. Compher (lower body)


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Jonas Siegenthaler — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen

Radko Gudas – Tyler Lewington

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Chandler Stephenson

Injured: Michal Kempny (hamstring)


First Period:

COL Goal – 3:42 – Erik Johnson (1) from Nazem Kadri (1) and Andre Burakovsky (3)

COL Goal – 6:00 – Nikita Zadorov (1) from Mikko Rantanen (4) and Nathan MacKinnon (6)

COL Goal – 7:54 – Nazem Kadri (2) from Joonas Donskoi (1) and Cale Makar (6)

WAS Penalty – 11:11 – Jonas Siegenthaler 2 minutes for Cross Checking

COL PPG – 9:25 – Mikko Rantanen (4) from Gabriel Landeskog (3) and Nazem Kadri (2)

COL Penalty – 9:44 – Valeri Nichushkin 5 minute major for Fighting

WAS Penalty – 9:44 – Tyler Lewington 5 minute major for Fighting

WAS Penalty – 9:44 – Tyler Lewington (Jakub Vrana) 2 minute minor for Instigating

WAS Penalty – 9:44 – Tyler Lewington 10 minute Misconduct

WAS Penalty – 16:28 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Hooking


End of 1st

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Second Period:

COL Penalty – :50 – Nikita Zadorov 2 minutes for Hooking

WAS Penalty – 1:45 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for High Sticking

WAS Penalty – 5:06 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Hooking

COL Penalty – 5:06 – Samuel Girard 2 minutes for Embellishment

WAS Goal – 6:56 – Lars Eller (2) from Alex Ovechkin (2)

WAS Goal – 15:28 – TJ Oshie (4) from Dmitry Orlov (2) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (2)


End of 2nd

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Third Period:

COL Goal – 4:24 – Matt Nieto (1) from Tyson Jost (1)

COL Penalty – 15:39 – Gabriel Landeskog 2 minutes for Slashing

WAS PPG – 17:39 – Alex Ovechkin (5) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) and John Carlson (9)

COL ENG – 19:21 – Nathan MacKinnon (2) from Mikko Rantanen (5)


End of 3rd

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Next Up:

Washington (3-2-2 8pts) v. Toronto (3-2-1 7pts)

Colorado (5-0-0 10pts) @ Pittsburgh (4-2-0 8pts)


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