The Colorado Avalanche stormed into Capital One Arena without a loss. It marked both Andre Burakovsky’s first game back and Phillipp Grubauer’s first start against his former squad. How’d the two teams fare? Glad you asked.
Erik Johnson ripped one past Braden Holtby three minutes into the game. Nikita Zadorov got his first point against the Caps with a spin-o-rama goal. Nazem Kadri caught Holtby sleeping to make it 3-0, and Ilya Samsonov came on in relief. He didn’t fare any better, and Mikko Rantanen potted one on the power-play. Lars Eller gave the Caps some life in the second period, and TJ Oshie added a cheeky back-hand to cut Colorado’s lead to two. But it was all for naught, as Colin Wilson snuck one in off a bad Samsonov turnover. Ovi pounded one in from the blueline, and John Carlson pinged one in 15 seconds later but that was offsides. Nathan MacKinnon quashed the comeback with an empty-netter. Yech.
CAPS LOSE 6-3