Capitals Vs. Avalanche: Avalanche Bury Caps In 2-1 Win

The Avalanche led for all but about four minutes in a 2-1 win over the Caps Saturday.

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Capitals Vs. Avalanche: Avalanche Bury Caps In 2-1 Win

The Washington Capitals entered Saturday's game against the Colorado Avalanche looking to take advantage of an injury-depleted and struggling team. Yet, in what has become familiar fashion, the Caps did not take said advantage in a 2-1 loss to the Avalanche.

Cody McLeod and Erik Johnson scored for Colorado, while Alexander Semin scored for Washington, who trailed for all but 3:43 of Saturday's game. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, starting in place of former Cap Semyon Varlamov, made 21 saves for his fifth win of the season. Michal Neuvirth, fresh off a 26-save shutout Thursday, made 19 saves in a losing effort.

The Caps, down 2-1 entering the third period, only had one shot on goal midway through the period and finished with seven in the final frame. Washington pulled Neuvirth in favor of an extra attacker, but could not take advantage; they were also 0-for-3

Washington returns home Tuesday to face the Nashville Predators at Verizon Center.

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Capitals Vs. Avalanche: Alex Semin Scores, But Avalanche Strike Back, Hold 2-1 Lead Over Caps

Just when the Washington Capitals looked to have momentum, the Colorado Avalanche snatched it back.

Erik Johnson's goal less than a minute after Alexander Semin tied the game has the Avalanche in front of the Caps 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Semin tied the game at 13:09 with his sixth goal of the season and first since November 23. Dmitry Orlov sent a breakout pass to Semin, who cut through the neutral zone, split two Avalanche defenders, skated wide to create space and put a wrist shot past Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Not even a minute later, Colorado responded when Johnson's shot from the point eluded Michal Neuvirth for his first goal of the season at 14:03.

Colorado had 12 shots on goal, while Washington had eight of their own. The Caps had two power plays in the period, but once again did not take advantage with the man advantage; they are 0-for-3 on the power play.

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Capitals Vs. Avalanche: Cody McLeod's Fluke Goal Gives Colorado 1-0 Lead

After blanking the Winnipeg Jets Thursday, Michal Neuvirth's shutout streak only lasted about three minutes into the first period.

Cody McLeod's fluke goal beat Neuvirth as the Colorado Avalanche lead the Washington Capitals 1-0 after 20 minutes.

McLeod's goal was nothing more than an innocent dump into the zone that turned into his first goal since mid-March. Shane O'Brien started the break out of the Avalanche's defensive zone and found McLeod along the left boards. McLeod then charged ahead and got a shot off even while smothered by John Carlson. The puck hung in the air and Neuvirth put his glove up, but the puck lofted over it and into the top corner of the net at 2:49.

The Caps had 11 shots on goal to the Avalanche's nine, but Jean-Sebastien Giguere was solid in goal and stopped all of them. A Washington power play at the end of the period was fruitless.

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Capitals Vs. Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov Will Not Start For Avalanche

Those Washington Capitals fans that have been waiting since July to see Semyon Varlamov play against his former team will have to wait longer.

Varlamov will not start in goal for the Colorado Avalanche tonight as Jean-Sebastien Giguere will play in his place, according to The Washington Post's Katie Carrera.

The Caps traded Varlamov to the Avalanche in July for two draft picks. He has a pedestrian 10-13-1 record with a 3.14 GAA and .896 SV%. Giguere is 4-4-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .923 SV%.

Varlamov started for Colorado Thursday in their 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The Avalanche held a 4-2 lead in the third period, but Varlamov allowed three goals on 11 shots as the Sharks came back to win.

Michal Neuvirth, Varlamov's former partner, will start for Washington.

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Capitals Vs. Avalanche: Caps Could Face Former Teammate Semyon Varlamov Saturday

The Caps could see a familiar face in goal against them Saturday as they face Semyon Varlamov and the Avalanche.

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