Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) looks to pass the puck in front of Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Reilly (90) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

“Don’t forget we played last night in Washington. I’m not looking for excuses, but they were here waiting for us,” said Colorado Coach Patrick Roy. “They were ready and they were skating well. They seemed to be very fresh and sometimes it makes a big difference.”

Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway gestures while speaking at a press conference in Englewood, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014. Elway said he did not press Peyton Manning for a decision on his future when they met the day after Denver's 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the AFC divisional playoffs. Elway described the parting with John Fox as the culmination of a disagreement over what it takes to win the Super Bowl (AP Photo/The Denver Post, John Leyba) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

“At least in that last game, you want to feel like you go out kicking and screaming when you’re right there,” Elway said. “And I think two years in a row it didn’t feel like we went out kicking and screaming.”

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)

“I was just saying I didn’t think (Alex) was particularly good for (his) standards today.missing the net a little bit, fumbling pucks,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. “But who scores the winning goal? Alex Ovechkin.”