DENVER (AP) — Colton Parayko didn’t have much room

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DENVER (AP) — Colton Parayko didn’t have much room to work with as he skated into the Colorado end early in the overtime [url=http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-madison-bowey-jersey]Madison Bowey Jersey[/url] , so the defenseman used his long arm to knock the puck toward the net.His strategy paid off. Parayko’s one-handed goal 1:34 into the extra period lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Friday night.Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Alexander Steen also had a goal before leaving the game with an injury. Jake Allen stopped 27 shots for St. Louis.Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo also left in the third period with an undisclosed injury, but the Blues overcame the absence of two of their top players. The 6-foot-6 Parayko gave St. Louis the win when he skated in against Colorado’s 5-10 defenseman Samuel Girard and poked the puck past Semyon Varlamov with one hand. The goal, his fourth, ended Colorado’s six-game winning streak.“It was one-on-one and I hesitated a little bit but then I saw an opening so I thought I’d take it,” Parayko said. “It was a good opportunity to try to take some ice. Kept pushing the puck forward.”Nikita Zadorov and Mikko Rantanen scored and Varlamov had 34 saves for the Avalanche. Colorado has earned at least one point in its last nine games.“It’s a big point, it’s an important point,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “We would’ve liked to have two, but sometimes that’s the way it goes.”St. Louis took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Tarasenko and Steen, but Zadorov got Colorado back into it with his fourth goal 1:08 into the second period.Things heated up after that. Steen’s hard check on Nathan MacKinnon at the Colorado blue line upset Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson. He got his elbow up on a hit to Steen moments later [url=http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-nicklas-backstrom-jersey]Nicklas Backstrom Jersey[/url] , igniting a scrum in the Colorado crease. When order was restored, Johnson was given an elbowing major and a game misconduct.Steen left with what the Blues said was an upper-body injury and didn’t return. St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube didn’t have an update on either injured player.“It’s hard to lose those guys … but we have to play not only for ourselves but those guys too,” Tarasenko said. “I think you saw the response today. It’s a hot team, they play well at home, and it’s a tough rink to play in. It’s a great win.”The Avalanche played the last 36 minutes with just five defensemen.“To me, it’s a 2-minute penalty,” Bednar said of Johnson’s game misconduct.Colorado tied it early in the third period when Girard’s shot nearly trickled in and defenseman Joel Edmundson’s attempt to clear it went off the goalie’s pads to Rantanen, who knocked it in for his 11th of the season.Oskar Sundqvist was awarded a penalty shot at 12:37 of the second period but the puck slipped off of his stick as he tried to shoot it by Varlamov.Both teams had chances later in the third to break the tie. Colin Wilson nearly cashed in but Allen made a lunging save with 7:23 left.Zach Sanford and Ivan Barbashev had chances in the final 20 seconds, but Varlamov made big saves to send it to overtime.“We came back and tied the game and had a chance to win the game in the third period [url=http://www.officialflames.com/authentic-adidas-james-neal-jersey]James Neal Jersey Womens[/url] ,” Varlamov said. “We had some good moments to score the goal, we just couldn’t put the puck in the net. Tough loss.”NOTES: Edmundson had two assists for St. Louis. … The Avalanche recalled D Mark Alt from the AHL Colorado Eagles on Friday. He made his season debut with Mark Barberrio out with an upper-body injury. … St. Louis D Robert Bortuzzo returned to the lineup after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury. Bortuzzo’s last game was Oct. 20. … Colorado D Tyson Barrie missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTSt. Louis: At Arizona on Saturday.Colorado: At Detroit on Sunday to start a four-game trip. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Travis Green thinks the Vancouver Canucks can learn a thing or two from how the Washington Capitals played against them Monday night.Vancouver’s head coach said the Capitals came out fast and strong in the 5-2 win, showcasing highly skilled athletes who consistently make plays.“They don’t just go out there and just play summer hockey. They play the game the right way,” Green said. “These are valuable experiences and lessons for our players, our young players especially.”There’s a reason the Capitals are the NHL’s reigning champions, Green added.“They’re big, they’re strong, they’re skilled [url=http://www.officialcapitals.com/authentic-adidas-t.j.-oshie-jersey]T.J. Oshie Jersey[/url] , they win puck battles, they manage the puck. They do everything that Stanley Cup winning teams do. And they’re deep,” he said.“Man, that’s a good hockey team.”Alex Ovechkin had two goals and two assists for the Capitals (4-2-2) and John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie also scored.Troy Stecher and Sven Baertschi responded for the Canucks (5-4-0).Braden Holtby stopped 22-of-24 shots for the Capitals and Vancouver goalie Anders Nilsson turned away 28 of 33.Penalties played a big part in the game, with Washington netting two power-play goals and the Canucks getting one of their own.Vancouver’s second goal of the night came when the Canucks had the man advantage to start the third period.Right winger Brock Boeser fired a hard shot on Holtby seconds into the frame. The puck bounced off the goalie’s pads and on to Baertschi’s stick.Holtby didn’t have time to reset before Baertschi fired a rocket past him for his third goal of the year.The Canucks have been working on capitalizing on those kind of opportunities, said center Bo Horvat.“For us on the power play, we’ve talked about taking more shots, playing more direct and not trying to be too cute. (Boeser) made the right play [url=http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-blake-wheeler-jersey]Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey[/url] , put it on net and (Baertschi) was right there for the rebound,” he said.But the team also took too many penalties and Washington was able to capitalize on them, Horvat added.“They were moving their feet, getting on the forecheck, taking the play to us at times,” he said.The Capitals lead the league in power-play goals, with 12 on 31 chances.Washington coach Todd Reirden said he liked the way his group played, landing hits early on and scoring just over two minutes in.“I thought we were emotionally invested right from the drop of the puck tonight and that gave us a really good advantage,” he said.Monday’s match also showed how far Ovechkin has come as a leader [url=http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-bryan-little-jersey]http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-bryan-little-jersey[/url] , the coach said.The Capitals captain got the puck late in the third period after Vancouver had pulled Nilsson from the net. Ovechkin had an opportunity to score for the hat trick, but instead of letting a shot rip, he passed to Oshie.“To me that’s a huge thing. … He could have easily scored himself but it wasn’t even a thought,” Reirden said.“It doesn’t bother him one bit and that’s where you saw maybe a different player than maybe you saw three or four years ago that’s not focused on individual stuff.”Even Oshie questioned the move, Ovechkin said with a laugh.“(He said) ‘Why you pass me the puck?’ But he was so wide open and I try to give him pass. Save mine for next time,” said the Russian superstar, who now has eight goals in eight games this season.Monday’s game was the first in a four-game Canadian tour for the Capitals. They visit the Oilers in Edmonton on Thursday.The Canucks begin a two-game road swing in Vegas Wednesday before playing the Coyotes in Phoenix on Thursday.NOTESWashington center Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 600th career assist. … Ovechkin’s second goal of the night marked his 233rd on the power play. He is now ninth in NHL history for power-play goals. … Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson joined his teammates for morning skate Monday. The Canucks rookie has missed three games with a concussion and an update on his status is expect on Tuesday.UP NEXTCapitals: Play at Edmonton on Thursday night.Canucks: Begin a two-game swing at Vegas on Wednesday night before playing the Coyotes on Thursday.

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