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Ovechkin's power-play goal in 2nd period gives Capitals 2-1 win over Avalanche

  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates with the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates with the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck against Colorado Avalanche center John Mitchell (7) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck against Colorado Avalanche center John Mitchell (7) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) and Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, battle for the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin, center, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) and Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, battle for the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin, center, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

Alex Ovechkin scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period to help the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Monday night.

Jay Beagle also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots to earn his 21st victory for the Capitals.

Alex Tanguay scored for the Avalanche, and Semyon Varlamov finished with 36 saves.

Ovechkin snapped a shot past Varlamov from left circle after passes from Troy Brouwer and Nicklas Backstrom with 2:14 left in the second period. It was Ovechkin's 74th game-winning goal, moving him past Peter Bondra for first place in franchise history. Ovechkin also now has scored a goal in six of his last seven games.