Posted December 18, 2011 on AP on Fox

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 23: Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Los Angeles Kings during preseason NHL action at the Pepsi Center on September 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Cody McLeod and Erik Johnson both scored their first goals of the season, and Jean-Sebastian Giguere had 25 saves as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Saturday night for their fifth straight home victory. Washington's Alexander Semin forged a 1-1 tie with a shot from the center of the right circle that sailed into the net over Giguere's left shoulder at 13:09 of the second period. Just 54 seconds later, Johnson put Colorado back on top with a slap shot from the right point that zoomed past goalie Michal Neuvirth, going inside the left post for the decisive score in the teams' only meeting of the season. With less than a minute to go, the Capitals pulled Neuvirth for an extra attacker and were on the power play for the final 13 seconds, but Giguere turned away both of their shots. McLeod gave Colorado a 1-0 lead just 2:49 in when his shot from near the blue line found its way past Neuvirth, just inside the right post. Alex Ovechkin, who had the game's on...
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