Alex Ovechkin scored the 10th goal of the season, and he helped the Washington Capitals score the fourth goal in the first period in order to beat the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Evgeny Kuznetsov has two assists prior to adding the seventh goal of the season to provide Washington some insurance in the third period.
Ovechkin added a late assist in the third period with three goals. Also, Jason Chimera has around three assists, and Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov hit their first goals in the season for the Capitals.
Reto Berra, the Colorado goaltender, gave up four goals consecutively for the third game, and he was replaced by Calvin Pickard after the first period. Avalanche’s top goaltender, Semyon Varlamov failed to take part in the fifth game due to a groin wound.
Nathan MacKinnon scored the ninth goal of this season for the Avalanche, who let seven goals for the very first time this season. He also lost the third consecutive game in order to fall to 3-3.
The four goal period of Washington was the first one since the late January and started when Justin Williams scored three minutes in. After Willams took over the feed of Chimera from behind the goal line and struck a shot in the near post, Alex Ovechkin increased the lead off twice the Nicklas Backstrom’s pass from the same spot by squeezing the effort beneath Berra.
It was the 485th goal of Ovechkin’s career after his 484th goal created a record for the players born in Russia. The deflected shot of John Carlson from the point made it 3-0 as it slipped into a net that was left open after Berra slipped while defending the previous shot.
Cody McLeod as well as MacKinnon scored their second goal from the right on the third period power play. Karl Alzner and Orlov added late goals for the Washington Capitals. Also, Andreas Martinsen scored for the Avalanche.