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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Olaf Kolzig stopped 45 shots to help the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

Alexander Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus each scored goals for the Capitals, who snapped a two-game slide.

Andrew Brunette had two goals and an assist and Peter Budaj stopped 25-of-29 shots for the Avalanche, who had won three of their last four games coming into the game.

Joe Sakic finished with a goal and an assist in the game. His assist on Colorado's first goal gave him 1,500 points in his career, making him the 11th player in NHL history to reach that plateau.

The Capitals grabbed a 1-0 lead 53 seconds into the game when Chris Clark smacked a bouncing puck in the slot over the left pad of Budaj for his third goal of the season.

The Avalanche, though, tied the game at the 11:33 mark of the opening 20 minutes. Sakic brought the puck into the zone and from the right circle dropped the puck to Marek Svatos at the right point. Svatos cranked a slap shot that Kolzig made a save on, but the rebound went into the slot and Brunette knocked it in for his fourth goal of the season.

Washington scored twice in the second stanza to assume a 3-1 lead.

Mike Green brought the puck into the Colorado end, fought off a checker and went from the backhand to the forehand and slid the puck past the left pad of Budaj at the 8:52 mark of the period.

On the power play, Ovechkin had the puck at the left circle and wristed a laser shot that squeezed between Budaj's right side and the left goalpost with 9:30 left in the period.

Colorado cut its deficit to 3-2 when Svatos slid the puck under the sticks of two defenders to Sakic at the low left circle and Sakic's sharp wrister went between the pads of Kolzig just 1:42 into the third.

Washington, though, regained its two-goal advantage less than two minutes later when Zubrus muscled the puck out of the deep right boards, brought the puck out front and slid it between the pads of Budaj.

Ovechkin was awarded a penalty shot with 8:02 left in the period when he was hooked by Ken Klee on a breakaway. Ovechkin skated in and from the low slot flicked a wrister, but the shot missed the net.

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