Colorado in a shootout Tuesday

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COLUMBUS Ivan Provorov Jersey , Ohio — Injuries are a concern for the Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets heading into their matchup on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.The Avalanche (2-0-0) could be without captain Gabe Landeskog, the Denver Post reported. He was not at Monday’s practice before the team left for Columbus.The Blue Jackets (1-1-0) announced the same day that center Brandon Dubinsky will miss four to six weeks after suffering a strained oblique on Sunday during practice. Columbus already is dealing with the absence of all-star defenseman Seth Jones for the same length of time after he sustained a knee injury during the preseason.Article continues below ...The Post reported that Landeskog was seen going into the x-ray room after the Avalanche’s 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. The left winger has one goal and one assist in Colorado’s first two games.“He’s dealing with a little bit of a lower-body thing, so we gave him a maintenance day,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said, according to the Post. “Hopefully, he’s good to go.”Just in case Landeskog is unavailable, the Avalanche recalled forward Vladislav Kamenev from the Colorado Eagles.During Monday’s practice, Bednar moved former Blue Jacket Matt Calvert up to Landeskog’s line to join Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon.“We want to see him be energized and help drive our group,” Bednar said.Calvert returns to Columbus to play against the Blue Jackets for the first time since he left this past summer as a free agent.Philipp Grubauer will make his first start in goal for the Avalanche. “The guys played unbelievable the last two games (in wins over Minnesota and Philadelphia), and we’ll try to carry that over,” Grubauer said.Grubauer was the starting goaltender for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals when they lost the first two games of a first-round playoff series with Columbus in April.“It’s a team that he’s familiar with,” Bednar said. “He played them over the last couple seasons out east and faced them in the playoffs a little bit. So, I think he’ll be excited to go.”The Avalanche also hope that defenseman Patrik Nemeth (upper body) will be able to return during their two-game road trip. He sat out Saturday’s game but practiced Monday and could be cleared for contact on Tuesday.The Blue Jackets opened the season with an overtime road win in Detroit on Thursday before losing their home opener to the Carolina Hurricanes the following night.Now they have to shuffle their lines without Dubinsky, who had a goal and an assist in the first two games while winning 68.8 percent of his faceoffs.“Dubi’s done a lot of work this summer, not only physically but mentally, and he’s dead-on his game,” coach John Tortorella said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “Now in practice he hurts himself. The guys you pull for are those types of guys. Easy to pull for. You want to see them follow through.”Tortorella told reporters that offseason acquisition Riley Nash will move up to center the third line that includes Josh Anderson and Boone Jenner. Lukas Sedlak will replace Nash on the fourth line.“We just have to figure out how we’re going to play, with or without him,” Tortorella said. “I don’t want to paint a bleak picture; I just want us to get off on the right start in building our identity as a team.”The Blue Jackets filled a roster spot when they activated defenseman Scott Harrington off injured reserve on Monday. Harrington missed the first two games with an upper body injured suffered in the preseason.Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski appears to have avoided a serious lower body injury after a hard fall during the loss to the Hurricanes.“I wasn’t happy with how I played Friday night,” Werenski said. “I didn’t do anything. I wasn’t really as strong defensively. So, I think having that injury and playing the way I did, it’s kind of good to get it out of the way early this season and hopefully not have too many more of those.” WASHINGTON (AP) — It takes something special for a shot by Alex Ovechkin to surprise a goaltender.That’s exactly what happened to Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday night when Ovechkin scored the first of two power-play goals to help the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime.John Carlson essentially bounced a pass to Ovechkin in such an awkward position that Lundqvist didn’t expect him to get it on net and again was beaten.“I should know with that guy he can shoot from anywhere Jakub Voracek Jersey Kids ,” Lundqvist said. “He received a pass and then, boom, he shot it, and before you know it it’s coming at you and I wasn’t able to recover. I learned my lesson there. I’ve played so many times against him I should know to be ready at all times.”Ovechkin’s two goals on Lundqvist gave him 24 in his career, the most he has scored against any goaltender in the NHL. He has six goals in six games to start the season and tied Hall of Famer Dino Ciccarelli for ninth on the all-time list for power-play goals with 232.Asked how he keeps scoring from his usual spot in the faceoff circle, Ovechkin said, “It’s all about luck.”Luck wasn’t on Ovechkin’s side when he hit the post with 3:30 remaining in regulation, but defenseman Matt Niskanen put the puck past a lunging Lundqvist 2:18 into overtime to end Washington’s two-game losing streak. Niskanen credited do-it-all playmaker Evgeny Kuznetsov for setting up the winner.“Nice to score,” Niskanen said. “I didn’t do much. Kuzy did a lot of nice work there. I just had to put it in.”Carlson scored the Capitals’ other goal in regulation, and goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced in arguably his sharpest performance so far this season. Holtby’s most important save came with time running out in the second period when he denied Kevin Hayes on a short-handed breakaway.Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider scored for New York, which picked up a point in the second half of a back-to-back after beating Colorado in a shootout Tuesday. Lundqvist made 34 saves as he played for the second consecutive night and battled through fatigue with the kind of play the rebuilding Rangers will need all season.“Personally, every time you play back-to-back, it’s definitely a fun challenge to try to stay sharp,” Lundqvist said. “A little disappointing obviously not to come up with two points when you take it to overtime, but three out of four here in two nights, that’s definitely a good step for us.”Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk had three assists, a positive sign for the Rangers’ youth movement and another signal of coach David Quinn pushing the right buttons. Quinn scratched Pionk earlier in the season and has gotten similar results from other players after taking them out of the lineup.“Neal played outstanding,” Quinn said. “He probably was our best player. He certainly had a lot of energy. He did a great job on the power play, does a great job on the first goal. He’s a big piece of what we’ve got moving forward.”NOTES: Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom had two assists to reach 598 for his career. … F Pavel Buchnevich returned to the Rangers’ lineup, replacing Cody McLeod. … F Nathan Walker was back in for the Capitals for the first time since Oct. 4. Dmitrij Jaskin was a healthy scratch to clear a spot for Walker … Quinn returned to the arena he won the NCAA title in as an assistant with Boston University in 2009.UP NEXTRangers: Return home to face the Calgary Flames on Sunday.Capitals: Host the winless Florida Panthers on Friday.

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