How it happened: The Avalanche are one of the NHL’s fastest skating teams and they burned rubber against the Caps, turning the showdown between Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth into a rout. The Avs received two goals from Alex Tanguay and one each from Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Jamie McGinn. Eric Fehr scored the only goal for the Capitals.
5-on-5: The Caps have been outscored 14-6 at 5-on-5 this season. Near the end of the game Adam Oates moved Try Brouwer onto a top line in place of Alex Ovechkin.
Save of the night: During a scramble Semyon Varlamov somehow got his right pad on a shot by Tom Wilson with 7 minutes to go in the second period. Wilson’s shot appeared to be ticketed for the left corner and would have been his first NHL goal. A few minutes later a too-many-men penalty led to Nathan McKinnon’s first NHL goal.
Rough starts: The Capitals have allowed a league-high eight goals in the first period and have been outscored 8-3 in the opening 20 minutes.
Look ahead: The Capitals are scheduled for an 11 a.m. practice at Kettler on Sunday. They continue their five-game homestand Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers, followed by a Wednesday visit by their last two playoff opponents, the New York Rangers.