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Avalanche loses in Washington to Capitals, finished 2-2 on its road trip – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar and team captain Gabe Landeskog used different words to say the same thing. The gist: Hanging out near .500 — and NHL math makes every team look better than they are — isn’t where they want to be.

Colorado concluded a four-game trip Tuesday night by losing to the Washington Capitals 5-2 at Capital One Arena. The Avs fell to 14-14-2 — which is 14 wins (one by shootout) and 16 losses (one by shootout) — and finished 2-2 on its trip.

“We played two good games in Florida and Pittsburgh. But at this point we’re not looking to play .500 hockey,” Landeskog said. “We’re looking to do better than that.”

Colorado opened the trip with a 5-2 loss at mighty Tampa Bay. The Avs then defeated Florida 7-3 and Pittsburgh 2-1.

“Pretty good road trip coming out 2-2,” Bednar said. “I’d like to have another point or two out of it. But it’s satisfactory. Let’s put it that way. We still have pretty high standards for our team and feel that we can win every night.”

The Avs and Caps each played Monday night on the road, with Colorado upsetting Pittsburgh and Washington losing at the New York Islanders. The Capitals had the better legs Tuesday.

Washington (19-12-1) scored late in the second period and early in the third to run away from the Avs, who tied it 1-1 early in the second. The Capitals’ third goal came with 14:45 remaining in the third period on a delayed penalty to Colorado forward Gabriel Bourque. On the 6-on-5 attack, Brett Connolly crushed a one-timer from the left circle past goalie Semyon Varlamov.

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