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Arizona Coyotes double up the Washington Capitals

The Coyotes took down the high flying Capitals in an exciting game from start to finish.

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The Coyotes came out of the flying against the league leading Washington Capitals and they just couldn’t catch up after that. The Coyotes have ended their four game losing streak and seemingly have found their solution to the ‘center problem’ that keeps being mentioned. All six goals were scored by players playing the center position tonight.

The Coyotes looked defensively sound against the Capitals, who haven’t lost in their last six games. This is a nice turning point for the Coyotes, so they can evaluate players going into the offseason.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Coyotes- Christian Dvorak gets a semi-breakaway and dances around Andre Burakovsky and the Washington’s defense for his 13th of the season unassisted at 7:26.

2-0- Coyotes- Josh Jooris gets a pass from Goligoski who picked up a flukey bounce off of the boards at 9:05. This Jooris’ 4th goal of the season.

3-0 Coyotes- With Lawson Crouse’s backcheck, he gets the puck to Shane Doan. He was able to feed a nice pass to Alex Burmistrov, who put his second of the season, past Holtby at 13:12.

At this point the Coyotes have chased Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer comes in at 13:12 of the first.

The Coyotes outshot the Capitals 16 to 11 in the first.

Second Period

Holtby comes back in for the start of the second period. Grubauer faced no shots when he came in at 13:12 of the first.

3-1 Coyotes- Nicklas Backstrom gets a big rebound off of Louis Domingue’s pads and snaps it past Domingue. Assists to T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson at 1:59 on the power play.

3-2 Coyotes- Tom Wilson shoots a puck at Louis Domingue pads and Daniel Winnik puts it into an empty net with Domingue out of position at 11:04.

4-2 Coyotes- Christian Dvorak on a breakaway on the power play beats Brooks Orpik and snipes it past Holtby, glove-side, at 13:28.

5-2 Coyotes- Alex Burmistrov gets a nifty pass from Max Domi for his second of the night, the one on the power player at 17:52.

The Coyotes finished the second period with 6 shots on goal to the Capitals 15.

Third Period

6-2 Coyotes- Peter Holland comes down off the rush and slapshot a puck past Holtby at 10:17, unassisted.

6-3 Coyotes- A Matt Niskanen slapshot from the point was tipped by Justin Williams, just 20 seconds after Holland at 10:37.

Three Answers

1. Will the Coyotes score more than one goal? ... Yes. Yes they did. Six goals against the high flying Capital’s and possible Veznia finalist Braden Holtby.

2. Will the vets play with some passion? The kids were who got it done again. The vet’s showed some life tonight, but the first year Coyotes got it done.

3. Will they stop Alex Ovechkin from going to the Ovie Spot and scoring? Yes! Ovie didn’t get any goals or points and was a minus one.

Players of the Game

Arizona - Louis Domingue - Domingue was one of the many bright spots for the Coyotes tonight. He made 45 saves on 48 shots, only allowing three goals. This is a career high in saves for Domingue. His game has gotten much better since the start of the season, when he looked a little shaky.

Washington- Marcus Johansson- One of the more productive Capitals this evening setting up two goals.

Paw Prints

  • For more on the Washington Capitals check out Japers’ Rink
  • Coming into tonights game, the Coyotes are 16-0-4 when leading after two periods. This win makes it 17-0-4.
  • The Coyotes are now 6-8-2 in March
  • Shane Doan makes his return after leaving the Detroit Red Wings game on March 16th, missing a total of seven games.
  • Radim Vrbata leads the team in shots with 225, tied for 25th in the league with
  • On Wednesday the 29th, Jakob Chychrun and Clayton Keller were the first 18-year-old duo to skate in the same game in franchise history since Shane Doan and Jason Doig did on October 9, 1995 vs the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
  • Jakob Chychrun turns 19 years old today, still the youngest defenseman in the league.
  • Arizona’s 8 short handed goals are tied for the 6th highest in the NHL.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 2-3-5 in 9 career games against the Capitals.
  • The Coyotes healthy scratched Zbynek Michalek, Teemu Pulkkinen, Clayton Keller, and Jamie McGinn. Kevin Connauton is still recovering from an upper-body injury.
  • Flashback to when Tobias Rieder scored his first NHL goal against the Capitals on November 2nd, 2014.
  • There are 4 games left in the Coyotes season. 2 away and 2 at home. Last home game coming up on April 8th, against the Minnesota Wild.
  • Attendance: 14,290

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes look to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM. You can catch it on Fox Sports Arizona+, Fox Sports Go, and on the radio at ESPN 620AM.