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Foote, Smyth help Avalanche bury Capitals

Feb 21, 2009 - 3:52 AM
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Defenseman Adam Foote's first goal of the season provided the Colorado Avalanche with a nice boost.

Foote netted the game-winner and added an assist as the Avalanche skated to a 4-1 triumph over the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Ryan Smyth scored a goal and set up two others for Colorado, which has won three straight contests following a four-game losing streak.

"It was fun to watch," Avalanche coach Tony Granoto said. "I think in the past week or so, I think we've played pretty consistent in this fashion. We've been playing hard. A couple of the games we've been rewarded."

Tyler Arnason and Wojtek Wolski also tallied while Andrew Raycroft made 28 saves for the Avalanche, who entered this contest with the worst record in the Western Conference but moved into a tie with the St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes at 67 points.

"We did a great job," Raycroft said. "I think we took two penalties all night, both with 30 seconds left on our own. When you don't let them have five or six power plays, it makes a big difference to limit their chances."

"We needed to start off this trip with a sense of urgency," Smyth added. "We got behind the 8-ball with where we're at in the standings right now, so we've got to find ways to keep climbing."

Former Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore stopped 21 shots and Nicklas Backstrom had the lone goal for the Capitals, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

Foote ended a 105-game goal drought to give Colorado a 2-1 edge at 7:46 of the second period.

The 37-year-old blue-liner took a pass from Milan Hejduk, drove to the net and deked Theodore for his first goal since October 6, 2007, when he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"We were pretty much focusing on getting it back together," Foote said. "Our team did a nice job of not letting a lot of odd-man rushes. The was the key to tonight's game. We didn't have an open game with them."

Despite getting just five shots in the final session, the Avalanche received goals from Arnason and Wolski in the period to seal the win.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau did not mince words when talking about his team's performance.

"I think 20 guys weren't very good," he said. "You want to put a spin on it that way go ahead. We just didn't have it. We had nothing. We looked horrible out there. I can't read into their minds. Everybody had their bad game at the same time."






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    Avalanche 4, Capitals 1  FinalFeb 21 12:32 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1 2 4
    WASHINGTON 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 20 (ADAM FOOTE) 10:27
    WAS - NICKLAS BACKSTROM 15 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN, ERIC FEHR)
    19:45
    2ND PRD: COL - ADAM FOOTE 1 (MILAN HEJDUK, RYAN SMYTH) 7:46
    3RD PRD: COL - TYLER ARNASON 5 (MAREK SVATOS) 3:33
    CO

    Feb 20 9:29 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 4
    WASHINGTON 1
    3RD PRD: COL - WOJTEK WOLSKI 13 (RYAN SMYTH, BRETT CLARK) 12:36

    Avalanche 4, Capitals 1  3rd - 7:24Feb 20 9:17 PM


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    COLORADO 3
    WASHINGTON 1
    3RD PRD: COL - TYLER ARNASON 5 (MAREK SVATOS) 3:33

    Avalanche 3, Capitals 1  3rd - 16:27Feb 20 9:00 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1 2
    WASHINGTON 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 20 (ADAM FOOTE) 10:27
    WAS - NICKLAS BACKSTROM 15 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN, ERIC FEHR)
    19:45
    2ND PRD: COL - ADAM FOOTE 1 (MILAN HEJDUK, RYAN SMYTH) 7:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOT

    Feb 20 8:35 PM
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    Avalanche 2, Capitals 1  2nd - 8:00Feb 20 8:20 PM


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    COLORADO 2
    WASHINGTON 1
    2ND PRD: COL - ADAM FOOTE 1 (MILAN HEJDUK, RYAN SMYTH) 7:46

    Avalanche 2, Capitals 1  2nd - 12:14Feb 20 8:17 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1
    WASHINGTON 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 20 (ADAM FOOTE) 10:27
    WAS - NICKLAS BACKSTROM 15 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN, ERIC FEHR)
    19:45
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COL 12 12
    WAS 8

    Feb 20 7:46 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    WASHINGTON 1
    1ST PRD: WAS - NICKLAS BACKSTROM 15 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN, ERIC FEHR)
    19:45

    Avalanche 1, Capitals 1  1st - 0:15Feb 20 7:44 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 1
    WASHINGTON 0
    1ST PRD: COL - RYAN SMYTH 20 (ADAM FOOTE) 10:27

    Avalanche 1, Capitals 0  1st - 9:33Feb 20 7:26 PM
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