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On the first game of Christmas the Coyotes gave to me, Two Christian goals and Clayton Keller in OT.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

‘YOTES WIN!! ‘YOTES WIN!!

The Arizona Coyotes took down the Washington Capitals in a hard fought win that needed more hockey than regulation could offer. Despite the new fast paced system it was mainly the Coyotes defense that kept the Capitals away from the scoreboard. It wasn’t until the third period when the Coyotes’ own offense finally took off and eventually dominated in overtime.

Scoring Summary

First Period

No Goals: In fact they were barely any shots on goal. The Coyotes came away from the period with 5 shots on goal and kept the Capitals to only 2.

Second Period

1-0 Capitals: (Oshie) It starts with a shot toward the goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov that Scott Wedgewood is able to block. Jakub Vrana picks up the rebound and sends it back to T.J. Oshie with a beautiful no look pass. Oshie is able to put it in top shelf.

Third Period

1-1 Tie: (Dvorak) The Coyotes start off the third period on the powerplay after Alex Chiasson took a hooking penalty on Jordan Martinook. After passing back and forth with Alex Goligoski, Christian Dvorak fires a shot from the right faceoff circle that sails past Philipp Grubauer.

2-1 Capitals: (Kuznetsov) Evgeny Kuznetsov slips past Jakob Chychrun and Dvorak just in time to put in the rebound from a Christian Djoos shot.

2-2 Tie: (Fischer) Jason Demers fires a shot on goal and Clayton Keller tips it past Grubauer’s five hole. It sits in the blue paint for microseconds until Christian Fischer crashes the net putting the puck and himself in the net.

Overtime

3-2 Coyotes: (Keller) The Coyotes owned the Capitals in 3-on-3 overtime. Just as the 5 minutes was about to end Max Domi uses some fancy stick work and skating to hang on to the puck in the offensive zone. He’s able to backhand it past two Capitals defenders to Clayton Keller at the front of the net. Keller deflects Domi’s shot in to Grubuer’s pads but is able to put in his own rebound.

He’s come a long way since these days:

Three Answers

Who will shut down Ovechkin?

Head Coach Rick Tocchet took advantage of having home ice and hard matched Alex Ovechkin’s line with his top two defenders Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jason Demers. They completely shut down the top line. In fact that line of Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson combined for only two shots on goal the entire game.

Who gets the start?

Scott Wedgewood didn’t face a lot of shots tonight but he kept the team in the game long enough for them to get it going in the third period. It is expected that Antti Raanta will start tomorrow.

Will we see a Wilson/Schenn rematch?

Nope. In fact, Luke Schenn and Tom Wilson were barely ever on the ice at the same time.

Players of the Game

Arizona-Clayton Keller: The Calder candidate had quite a game. He lead the team in shots on goal with 6, had an assist and the game winning overtime goal.

Washington-Evgeny Kuznetsov: he also led his team with shots on goal with 3 had a goal and an assist. And his celly was fun too:

Three Stars

3rd Star-Christian Fischer

2nd Star-Christian Dvorak

1st Star-Clayton Keller

Paw Prints

  • For more on the Washington Capitals check out Japers’ Rink.
  • Clayton Keller scored a goal and an assist in this game to extend his point streak to 4 games. Additionally he’s back in second place for rookie goal scorers with 13 after going 17 games without a goal. He’s only 6 goals behind the leader, Brock Boeser.
  • There were 10,904 fans in attendance.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes get to do it all over again tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche at Gila River Arena. Game start is at 6 pm and can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona Plus, the Fox Sports Go App. Also the radio call can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.