Avs spoil Kuemper’s comeback, top caps 3-2 as Bednar ticks

DENVER (AFP) – Arturi Likonen, Andrew Cogliano and Alex Newhawk scored against former teammate Darcy Kuemper and stopped a rookie Colorado Avalanche over the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night to give coach Jared Bednar his 266th victory.

Logan O’Connor added two assists, Nathan McKinnon an assist for his 700th point, and Alexander Georgiev added 37 tackles for the Avs’ season-best sixth straight victory. They moved into third place in the Central Division, one point ahead of Minnesota.

Bednar, who coached his 500th game with Colorado, improved to 266-185-49 and passed former Quebec Nordiques coach Michel Bergeron for the most coaching wins in franchise history.

“I’m glad I’m here and gone so we can stop talking about it,” Bednar said. “We didn’t play our best game tonight, so I’m happy we managed to get the two points.”

Alex Ovechkin returned from injury to score his 31st goal for Washington. Connor Cherry also scored and Comber stopped 23 shots in his first game in Denver since helping the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in June.

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