Caps look to extend success in Colorado

Caps look to extend success in Colorado
December 17, 2011, 8:32 pm
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Newsand notes as the Capitals prepare to face off against Jean-Sebastien Giguereand the Colorado Avalanche tonight at the Pepsi Center.
--Tonightmarks the only meeting of the season between the two teams. The last time theCaps visited the Avs was on Dec. 15, 2009 when they rolled to a 6-2 win.Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist and Mike Knuble also scored for theCaps.--The Capitals are 7-3-1-1 in their last 12 games againstColorado and 4-1-1-0 in their last six visitsto Denver. --Capitals head coach Dale Hunter was originally draftedby the Quebec Nordiques in the second round (41st overall) of the 1979 NHLentry draft and played seven seasons in Quebecbefore joining the Capitals for the 1987-88 season. Hunter returned to theQuebecColorado franchise in a deadline deal during the 1998-99 season andfinished his career with the Avalanche. Hunter played in 535 regular-seasongames for QuebecColorado, ranking 12th all-time in that category and rankseighth in goals (142), seventh in assists (322) and seventh in points (464). His1,562 penalty minutes are the all-time franchise record, a distinction he alsoholds for postseason penalty minutes (357).--Alex Ovechkins third-period goal on Thursday against Winnipeg was his firstgame-winning goal of the season and the 53rd of his career. He is tied for 18thamong active NHL players and ranks third in Capitals history in that category,trailing Mike Gartner by one goal for second place. Peter Bondra is theall-time Capitals leader in game-winning goals (73).--With left wing Matt Hendricks returning tonight aftermissing four games with a knee injury, look for rookie Cody Eakin to come outof the lineup tonight. Eakin has gone four straight games without a goal and isa minus-2 in those games.