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Ward tied the game at 1 in the second period when a puck caromed off the boards on a faceoff and right to his stick. With no defenders near him, Ward faked Varlamov one way and then shot it in for his eighth goal of the season.

Just 28 seconds later, Holden gave the Avalanche back the lead when the defenseman took a pass from Landeskog and lined a shot past a screened Braden Holtby.

The Capitals received a scare late in the second when Ovechkin slipped while chasing a puck and crashed into the boards, with Jan Hejda falling on top of him. Ovechkin stayed down on the ice for several minutes, before skating to the bench and dabbing at his head with a towel. He also began yelling at the officials.

“It was a trip. Hit my head in the board,” Ovechkin said. “It was a clear two minutes (penalty) and a dangerous play.”

Hejda didn’t quite see it that way.

“He fell and then I fell over him,” Hejda said. “This is an elite (player). I was going to step (on) the brakes.”

Colorado got on the board early in the opening period when Cody McLeod lined a backhand shot toward the goal that Bordeleau redirected past Holtby. The officials reviewed the play to see if Bordeleau’s stick was below the level of the crossbar and then announced to the crowd the call on the ice stood.

The Capitals struggled to generate much offense in the first period and didn’t take their first shot until halfway through, when Ovechkin laced a slap shot that Varlamov turned aside.

Roy has a good thing going in goal these days, with Varlamov and backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere both playing well. The duo entered the game with a league-best 1.79 goals-against average.

“We trust our two goalies,” Roy said. “We have a lot of confidence.”