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Capitals score season-high 4 goals in 1st period, go on to beat Avalanche 7-3

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WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season and the Washington Capitals used a four-goal first period to beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-3 on Saturday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists before adding his seventh goal of the season in the third period to provide Washington some insurance.

Jason Chimera had three assists, Ovechkin also added a late assist in a three-goal third period, and Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt got their first goals of the season for the Caps.

Colorado goaltender Reto Berra gave up four goals for the third straight game and was replaced after the first period by Calvin Pickard. Avalanche No. 1 goalie Semyon Varlamov missed his fifth game with a groin injury.

Nathan MacKinnon scored his ninth goal of the season for the Avalanche, who allowed seven goals for the first time this season.

Cody McLeod and Andreas Martinsen also scored for the Avs.

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