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Wedgewood keeps the Coyotes in the game long enough to get a point.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes took an early 2-0 lead but it was slowly chiseled away by the skilled Washington Capitals. They did manage to escape D.C. with a overtime point.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Arizona: Clayton Keller blocks a shot on the Coyotes’ defensive blueline and creates a breakaway opportunity for himself. He waltzes in casually, camouflaging a lethal shot that beats Braden Holtby to his right side. Scored exactly 1 minute into the game.

2-0 Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson makes a smooth diagonal pass stretching the neutral zone to Christian Dvorak who carries the puck into the offensive zone along the right wing. He then centers the puck to the front of the goal where Christian Fischer comes charging in and whacks the puck home. 'Yotes score their second goal on their second shot of the night.

2-1 Arizona: Without looking, Ekman-Larsson bangs the puck up the boards from behind the net, either hoping a white sweater will collect it or it’ll clear the zone. Neither of those things happen and instead the Capitals take possession and score courtesy of Devante Smith-Pelly.

Second Period

2-2 Tie: The Great 8, Alex Ovechkin, ties the game with a power play goal on Arizona’s 4th penalty kill of the period. Ovechkin scored in trademark fashion from the hashmarks of the left faceoff circle.

Third Period

No scoring in the third.

Overtime

3-2 Washington: The overtime period was lacking offensively for the Coyotes as the Capitals carried the momentum they finished regulation with into extra time. It seemed like the Coyotes’ defensive was going to hold steady but an extremely tired Ekman-Larsson got mugged at centre ice after carrying it out of his defensive zone.

Washington took the puck back the other way and set up perfectly. Evgeny Kuznetsov carried the puck in on the right wing before drawing his man and dishing it off to T.J. Oshie in the slot. Oshie took his shot which was saved by Scott Wedgewood but spilled to the left wing where John Carlson put hit home past a Wedgewood who desperately tried to recompose himself and make the save.

Players of the Game

Arizona Coyotes - Scott Wedgewood - Played out of his mind and took the Coyotes’ to OT on his back in the dying minutes of the game. He made 37 saves on 40 shots against the Capitals is a fantastic effort for the backup netminder.

Washington Capitals - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Helped set up the final two of Washington’s goals and contributed to drawing many frustrating penalties for Arizona.

Media's Three Stars

1. WSH - John Carlson (1G, 1A)

2. WSH - Braden Holtby (.923 SVS%)

3. ARI Scott Wedgewood (.925 SVS%)

Paw Prints

  • For more on the Washington Capitals, check out Jaspers’ Rink.
  • Healthy scratches for the Coyotes tonight were Anthony Duclair, Joel Hanley and technically Louis Domingue.
  • Clayton Keller now has 11 goals in 16 games this season.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson led the time in ice time with 31:13. Close behind him was Jason Demers with 28:58.

The Road Ahead

The trip doesn’t get any easier as Arizona will play again tomorrow night in Pittsburgh against the reigning champions, the Penguins. Puck drop is at 5:00 p.m. MST and can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona or tuned into on ESPN 620 AM.