Avalanche crush Capitals as Semyon Varlamov stones former employers

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“He made a lot of big saves,” Roy said. “I think we gave up like 14 scoring chances, which is a lot, but he was solid.”

Midway through the period, Fehr shot wide while Varlamov was out of position. Minutes later, Varlamov denied Tom Wilson in front.

“The second period, that’s a shame,” Oates said. “We come out and dominate the period, probably our best period of the season.”

Colorado stretched its lead to 3-0 with 2:19 left in the second after the Capitals were caught with too many men on the ice.

Stastny fed the 18-year-old MacKinnon in front, and MacKinnon — the top pick in this year’s NHL draft — beat Neuvirth. He celebrated by skating to the corner and jumping into the glass.

Tanguay made it 4-0 with a short-handed goal at 1:19 of the third.

Fehr spoiled Varlamov’s shutout bid off a pass from behind the goal line by Jason Chimera.

Tanguay opened the scoring at 6:42 of the first when his shot from the left circle deflected off a Washington stick and past Neuvirth.

Later in the period, just after an Avalanche power play ended, Colorado made it 2-0.

“I like our intensity. There’s no doubt about it,” Roy said. “I thought we were very focused before the game. We jumped on them right at the start.”

Duchene skated in on the right side, worked around defenseman John Carlson and lifted the puck over Neuvirth’s shoulder for his third goal.

Washington went 0 for 2 on the power play. Colorado hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in 12 short-handed situations this season.

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