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The Coyotes fell to the Capitals 2-1 in OT on Tuesday night.

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One streak ended while another continued on Tuesday night in Glendale.

The Arizona Coyotes' two-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the visiting Washington Capitals, as the team from D.C. dropped the Desert Dogs 2-1 in overtime. The loss was Arizona's third straight in one-goal games on home ice.

Still, the Coyotes managed to get a point, keeping their point streak alive at three games.

It was a well-played, physical affair between the two teams meeting for their second and final time of the season.

The teams combined for 70 hits and seven minor penalties in an oddly chippy game considering the few number of times these teams lockup.

The Coyotes fell behind early on Jay Beagle's second goal of the season, but woke up and caught fire in the second period.

Arizona held Washington shotless for the first 12:57 of the middle frame, and to two shots total in the period. The Coyotes, however, recorded 10 shots on goal, including Oliver Ekman-Larsson's third goal of the year.

OEL received a picture-perfect cross-ice feed from Sam Gagner that left Braden Holtby way out of position. The young Swede calmly hit the middle of the net to tie the game at one. The highlight of the period was Zbynek Michalek's game-saving clearing of the puck on Arizona's goal line.

Both teams settled down a bit in the third period, avoiding the penalty box, but also avoiding the back of the net. The only thing that stood between these two teams and overtime was Gila River Arena's final dry scrape.

Unfortunately for the Coyotes, the season's first three-game winning streak became nothing more than a missed opportunity as Eric Fehr took advantage of shoddy defensive coverage and a fortunate rebound to pot the game-winning goal with 1:44 remaining in overtime.

Paw Prints

  • Washington's perspective: Japers' Rink
  • Mike Smith was solid in net, stopping 22-of-24 shots after sitting out the last two games
  • Sam Gagner played in his 500th NHL game
  • The Coyotes were credited with 17 blocks
  • The two teams went a combined 0-for-7 with the man advantage (Arizona went 0-for-4)
  • Attendance: 11,769

Three Stars

1. Brayden Holtby - Kept Arizona at bay most of the night, stopping 23 of 24 shots.
2. Eric Fehr - Great one-man effort in OT to win the game
3. Mike Smith - Stopped all but two shots in more than 63 minutes of ice time. A solid bounce-back game.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes head out on the road for the next three-games, starting on Thursday in Dallas against the Stars. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.