DENVER — Artturi Lehkonen, Andrew Cogliano and Alex Newhook scored towards former teammate Darcy Kuemper because the Colorado Avalanche held off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night time, giving coach Jared Bednar his 266th win.
Logan O’Connor added two assists, Nathan MacKinnon had an help for his 700th level and Alexandar Georgiev made 37 saves within the Avs’ season-best sixth straight win. They completed third within the Central Division, one level forward of Minnesota.
Bednar, teaching his five hundredth sport for Colorado, improved to 266-185-49, passing former Quebec Nordiques head coach Michael Bergeron for probably the most teaching wins in franchise historical past.
“I am glad it is right here and gone,” Bednar mentioned, “so we are able to discuss it.”
Alex Ovechkin returned from damage to attain his thirty first purpose for Washington. Conor Sheary additionally scored and Kuemper stopped 23 pictures in his first sport in Denver since serving to the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in June.
The gang gave a standing ovation after a first-period video tribute for Kuemper, who received 37 video games within the common season and 10 extra.
The Avs determined to not re-sign Kuemper, and he later signed a five-year cope with the Capitals in July.
He had his moments towards his former group, together with nifty glove saves towards Jacob McDonald and Lehkonen within the second interval to maintain it a one-goal sport. However Newhook’s purpose with 4:21 left within the second made it 3-1.
The depleted Capitals dominated the third interval however nonetheless misplaced for the fifth time in seven video games.
Ovechkin’s one-timer at 9:44 of the third was his 811th purpose after he missed his first sport of the season Saturday with a lower-body damage.
“I would not say I used to be 100%,” Ovechkin mentioned. However I might play.
Nevertheless, many colleagues weren’t with him. Washington was with out TJ Oshie, who left to be together with his spouse for the beginning of their fourth little one. Nicklas Backstrom was a late scratch with a non-Covid sickness. Tom Wilson left after blocking a shot within the second interval and underwent X-rays between intervals.
The Avalanche, by no means trailing of their profitable interval, solved Kuemper at 8:57 of the primary when MacKinnon absorbed an enormous shot from Dmitry Orlov and fed Lehkonen for his fifteenth purpose and sixth in six video games.
Cogliano deflected Curtis McDermid’s shot 2:04 into the second to make it 2-0. Sheary was reduce. He partially took the lead two minutes later when he headed house Martin Fehrvari for his twelfth purpose.
“It is a little bit ugly at instances,” Bednar mentioned. “However we had been capable of get the job performed.”
There was excellent news Tuesday as effectively outdoors of the Avalanche sport. Star defenseman Cale Makar (higher physique) practiced Monday and is nearing his return after taking part in Tuesday’s morning skate. He has misplaced 4 video games in a row.
The Related Press contributed to this report.