The visiting Washington Capitals scored first and last on Wednesday night at Pepsi Center, but it was what the Colorado Avalanche did in-between that mattered in the 5-3 loss.
The game didn't reflect the score, and as the clock ticked down in the third period, the Avs made a push to try and close the 4-3 deficit they faced. They had already scored twice-Matt Nieto and Nathan MacKinnon found twine-to make things interesting in the second half of the match.
"We're learning I guess from the past few games. We kept driving," defenseman Mark Barberio said after the loss. "Four-one down, it could have been easy to just hang our heads, but we kept the energy up. Obviously, it's a pretty amazing goal there by MacK, and that gave the team a lot of momentum. Came pretty close to grabbing that tying goal. We had some chances at the end."