Capitals 2, Avalanche 1
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Adam Oates and Chris Simon each had a goal and an assist in the second period Tuesday night as the Washington Capitals won their franchise-record ninth straight at home, 2-1 over the Colorado Avalanche.
Oates’ 10th goal broke a tie as time ran out in the second period. He took a Simon pass between the circles and wristed a shot past Patrick Roy.
Oates’ assist on Simon’s goal gave him 873 for his 15-year career, tying him with Phil Esposito for 14th on the NHL’s career list. The two points moved Oates past Bobby Hull into 30th place with 1,171.
Washington, which has not lost a game at MCI Center since a 1-0 defeat to Montreal on Dec. 13, is 14-2-2 in 18 games. The Capitals are unbeaten in 12 home games (10-0-2), one shy of the team record set in 1992-93.
Richard Hejduk scored for the Avalanche, who lost their third straight road game.
Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves as the Capitals improved to 17-4-6 at home. They won only 16 home games last season.
The Avalanche, 1-6-1 in eight road games, were 3-0-1 in their last four against Washington. The Capitals last win over Colorado was March 6, 1997.
Washington came into the game with only one power-play goal in 26 chances. After failing to convert two first-period man-advantages, the Capitals were successful on two straight.
Simon broke a scoreless tie 7:32 into the second, scoring his team-high 18th goal on the Capitals’ 20th shot. He settled Oates’ centering pass with his right skate, then flicked the puck past Roy from the edge of the left circle.
With the Avalanche on a power play, Hejduk tied it by batting in Adam Deadmarsh’s rebound at 11:13 for his 26th goal.
Oates restored the lead with time running out in the second and Colorado’s Alexei Gusarov off for tripping. Simon, at the right post, sent a sweeping pass back to Oates between the circles. Oates weaved a shot through traffic with 0.1 remaining in the period.
It was the 23rd time Oates has scored against the Colorado franchise _ his most against any NHL team.