Coyote Ugly: Caps are Dumped in the Desert, 6-3

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 Friday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale. The loss dropped the Capitals’ record to 51-18-8 (110 points). The Capitals next travel to Ohio to face the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday night. Puck drop is a much more manageable 6:00 p.m. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Louis Domingue got the start between the pipes for the Coyotes. Philipp Grubauer would play for 6:48 of the first period, but did not face a shot on goal.

Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt and Paul Carey were the healthy scratches for the Capitals.

This was the third game of a season-long, five-game road trip.


  • Caps gave up three goals in a six-minute span of the first period.
  • Braden Holtby was pulled after the third goal at the 13:12 mark of the first period. He would return at the start of the second period.
  • The Capitals surrendered three goals in 1st period for second time this season. Also did so on January 3rd in 6-5 OT win over Leafs. (Mike Vogel).
  • The Capitals would close the gap to 3-2 midway through the middle frame before giving up two goal late in the period.
  • Capitals doubled-up the Coyotes in shots on goal, 48-24 for the game.
  • Capitals six-game winning streak comes to an end.

The Capitals got off to a very slow start, with the Coyotes getting numerous quality scoring chances early in the contest. The Coyotes would notch the game’s first tally when Christian Dvorak dented the twine at 7:26 of the opening frame.

The Coyotes would stretch their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Josh Jooris at the 9:05 mark of the first period.

The Coyotes would make it 3-0 with goal by Alexander Burmistrov at the 13:12 of the opening period.

The period would end with the Coyotes leading 3-0. Arizona led in shots on goal 15-11 for the first period.

The Capitals would get on the board early in the second period with a power play goal by Nicklas Backstrom at 1:59 of the middle frame.

Daniel Winnik would close the gap to 3-2 with a goal at 11:04 of the second period.

The Coyotes would strike back with a goal by Christian Dvorak at 13:28 of the second period.

Arizona would add to their lead with a power play goal by Alexander Burmistrov at the 17:52 mark of the middle period.

The period would close with the Coyotes leading 5-2. The Capitals led in shots on goal 16-6 for the second period, and led 27-21 through two periods of play.

The Coyotes would make it 6-2 with a goal by Peter Holland at 10:17 of the final frame.

Just prior to the goal, Tom Wilson would take a shot off the knee and would leave the game. He would return later in the period.

Justin Williams would make it 6-3 with a goal at the 10:37 mark of the third period.

And that would be the final.

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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