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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Buffalo's 5-4 Victory Melts Avalanche Unbeaten Streak

BUFFALO, New York -- The defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche lost for the first time in 12 games, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Buffalo Sabres as Jason Dawe scored twice.


Dawe's second goal of the night Thursday broke a 3-3 tie 5:28 into the third period. After Dawe gave the Sabres a 4-3 lead, Brian Holzinger gave them a two-goal cushion and their eventual winning goal at 9:25.


Rene Corbet brought the Avalanche within one with a power-play goal at 11:51.


The Avalanche, 9-0-2 in their previous 11 games and 13-5-3 overall, also got goals from Valeri Kamensky, Sandis Ozolinsh and Eric Lacroix.


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Capitals 5, Flyers 2. At Philadelphia, Joe Juneau collected two assists as the Washington Capitals jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.


Philadelphia continued its season-long habit of having trouble at home, where it is just 4-6 this season. Philadelphia is 6-4 on the road.


After trailing 3-0 with 40 minutes elapsed, the Flyers finally showed some life in the third period, narrowed the margin to 3-2 quickly. But that was as close as they could get.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)