Avs spoil Kuemper’s return, major Caps 3-2 as Bednar sets mark

DENVER (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen, Andrew Cogliano and Alex Newhook scored against previous teammate Darcy Kuemper and the surging Colorado Avalanche held off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday evening to give coach Jared Bednar his franchise-report 266
DENVER (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen, Andrew Cogliano and Alex Newhook scored from previous teammate Darcy Kuemper and the surging Colorado Avalanche held off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night to give mentor Jared Bednar his franchise-record 266th victory.
Logan O’Connor extra two helps, Nathan MacKinnon had an guide for his 700th place and Alexandar Georgiev designed 37 will save in the Avs’ time-finest sixth straight victory. They moved into 3rd position in the Central Division, one position ahead of Minnesota.
Bednar, coaching his 500th sport for Colorado, improved to 266-185-49 and passed former Quebec Nordiques boss Michel Bergeron for the most coaching victories in franchise background.
“I’m happy it is really below and absent so we can end speaking about it,” Bednar stated. “We did not enjoy our finest video game tonight, so I”m just content we were capable to get the two factors.”
Alex Ovechkin returned from an injuries to rating his 31st aim for Washington. Conor Sheary also scored and Kuemper stopped 23 pictures in his initial video game in Denver because encouraging the Avalanche acquire the Stanley Cup in June.
The group stood and applauded after a initially-time period online video tribute for Kuemper, who won 37 video games in the regular year and 10 far more in the playoffs.
The Avs selected not to re-sign Kuemper, who then inked a five-12 months deal with the Capitals in July.
“It was very tricky,” a choked-up Kuemper said of the tribute. “It was a whole lot of combined emotions. It was very special staying back.”
He experienced his times from his previous team, including nifty glove saves from Jacob MacDonald and Lehkonen in the second period to continue to keep it a a single-aim recreation. But Newhook’s aim with 4:21 remaining in the second produced it 3-1.
The depleted Capitals dominated the 3rd period of time but nevertheless misplaced for the fifth time in 7 games as Georgiev arrived up with many large will save.
“It’s been a definitely superior extend of protection for us,” Georgiev mentioned.
Ovechkin’s one-timer at 9:44 of the third was his 811th objective immediately after he skipped his to start with activity of the year Saturday with a lessen-overall body harm.
“I you should not want to say I was 100%, but I was in a position to enjoy,” Ovechkin said.
Washington was without having T.J. Oshie, who still left to be with his spouse for the birth of their fourth child. And Nicklas Backstrom was a late scratch with a non-COVID sickness.
Then Tom Wilson exited in the next time period soon after blocking a shot and underwent an X-ray amongst intervals.
“Right now he’s day-to-day with a reduce-entire body (damage),” mentor Peter Laviolette reported.
The Avalanche, who have not trailed during their get streak, solved Kuemper at 8:57 of the initial when MacKinnon absorbed Dmitry Orlov’s huge strike and fed Lehkonen for his 15th target and sixth in 6 game titles.
Cogliano redirected Kurtis MacDermid’s shot 2:04 into the 2nd to make it 2-. Sheary reduce the direct in half when he tipped in Martin Fehervary’s shot for his 12th intention just over two minutes afterwards.
HE BROKE THE CUP
It also marked the return of Washington’s Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who had 22 points in 67 online games for the Avs in 2021-22, He’s remembered for dropping and denting the Cup for the duration of the on-ice celebration.
“It’s part of my journey in this article,” a smiling Aube-Kubel claimed of his fumble, adding the time was “the ideal time of my life.”
NOTES: Avs D Cale Makar (higher physique) practiced Monday and took portion in the morning skate, but skipped his fourth straight activity. … Avs W Anton Blidh cleared waivers and skated on the fourth line. … Aliaksei Protas centered Washington’s third line in his to start with NHL action since Jan. 5 and was robbed by Georgiev in the 1st period of time. … The Capitals have only four game titles still left exterior the Jap time zone.
UP Future
Capitals: Host Pittsburgh on Thursday night time.
Avalanche: Host Anaheim on Thursday night.
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