WASHINGTON — Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen every had a aim and two assists to assist the Colorado Avalanche beat the Washington Capitals 6-Three on Monday evening.
Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov and Matt Nieto additionally scored as Colorado improved to 5-Zero-Zero. Nathan MacKinnon added an empty-net aim and had an help for the Avalanche, who scored on their first three pictures of the sport.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 pictures in opposition to his former staff to select up the win, and Andre Burakovsky picked up an help in his return to Washington as a visiting participant.
Colorado’s begin is tied for the second-longest with no loss because the staff moved to Colorado and tied for his or her fourth-longest in franchise historical past.
Alex Ovechkin, Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie scored for Washington and Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists. Braden Holtby gave up the three early objectives on three pictures and was pulled after Kadri’s aim 7:54 into the sport for the earliest removing of h is profession. Rookie Ilya Samsonov got here on and completed with 19 saves on 21 pictures.
Colorado obtained visitors in entrance of Holtby on its first two objectives. Burakovsky jumped up off the ice to evade Johnson’s opener, shot from simply past the left face-off circle. On Zadorov’s artful spin and end to make it 2-Zero, it was MacKinnon leaping throughout Holtby’s visual field.
Kadri made it Three-Zero when the Avalanche caught the Caps urgent into the attacking zone, taking Joonas Donskoi’s feed and rifling a shot from the left that beat Holtby to his glove aspect and ended his night.
Nazem Kadri, Colorado Avalanche (Photograph by Matthew Stockman/Getty Pictures)
Rantanen’s fourth of the season made it Four-Zero at 9:25 of the opening interval. Kadri had his second help of the sport on the play.
The Capitals obtained no nearer than two objectives afterward.
John Carlson had a aim to tug the Capitals inside one disallowed for offside following a problem by Colorado coach Jared Bednar.
Washington has misplaced its first three residence video games for the primary time since dropping their first three of the 1983-84 season. The primary two losses have been in additional time. … On the first media timeout of the primary interval, the Capitals performed a video montage in tribute to Burakovsky, who spent his first 5 seasons in Washington and was a part of its 2018 Stanley Cup triumph. From the bench, Burakovsky raised his arm in recognition of a large ovation from the group. … Washington C Nic Dowd performed his 200th profession sport. … The Avalanche have scored a minimum of three objectives in every of their first 5 video games, the primary time they’ve completed that feat since arriving in Colorado. … Avs D Ian Cole made his season debut after present process two low season hip surgical procedures. … Holtby’s earlier shortest outing got here when he was pulled with 9:07 performed, having permitting three objectives on 5 pictures throughout his rookie season, on Nov. 19, 2010.
Avalanche: At Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening.
Capitals: Host Toronto on Wednesday evening.
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Ian Quillen, The Related Press