Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Dec 17, 2011 11:50 PM by Jordan Mason

Johnson scores deciding goal in Avs' win over Caps

DENVER (AP) - 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.

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