Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) lands a punch to Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Photo by: Jack Dempsey

Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) lands a punch to Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)