Coyotes Drop Capitals 4-1; Washington’s Penalty Kill Gives Up Two More Goals

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Sunday evening at Capital One Arena. The loss drops the Capitals record to 7-6-3 on the year. The Capitals now hit the road for four-game road trip, starting Tuesday night when they visit the Wild in Minnesota. Puck drop is 8:00PM ET. 

The Coyotes started the scoring with a power play goal late in the opening frame for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Coyotes would make it 2-0 early in the second before Nicklas Backstrom got the Capitals on the scoreboard. The Coyotes would add a third goal late in the middle frame for a 3-1 lead at the second intermission. The Coyotes would add an empty net goal late in the third period for the 4-1 final.

Braden Holtby (5-4-2, 3.26 GAA, .903 sv%) got the start in goal for the Capitals. Darcy Kuemper (2-3-1, 2.84 GAA, .910 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Coyotes. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:



John Carlson returned to the lineup after missing the last game with a lower body injury. Jonas Siegenthaler, Aaron Ness and Dmitrij Jaskin were the healthy scratches.

After a sluggish start for both sides, the Coyotes would start the scoring late in the first period with a power play goal from Vinnie Hinostroza at 16:56 of the opening frame.

The period ended with the Coyotes leading 1-0. Arizona led in shots on goal 12-10 after 20 minutes of play.

The Coyotes would make it 2-0 with a break away goal from Richard Panik at 11:57 of the second period.

The Capitals would quickly cut the Coyotes lead to one with a goal from Nicklas Backstrom at 12:41 of the middle frame. Alex Ovechkin and Madison Bowey were credited with the helpers.

But the Coyotes would get it right back. Alex Glachenyuk would make it 3-1 Arizona with a tally at 14:38 of the middle period.

The second period would end with the Coyotes leading 3-1. Washington outshot Arizona 16-5 for the second period.

The Capitals and Coyotes battled to a scoreless draw in the final frame, before the Coyotes would add an empty net goal late for the 4-1 win.


  • John Carlson played in his 623rd game for the Capitals this evening. With that appearance, Carlson has passed Sylvain Cote (622) for sixth place on the Capitals’ games played list among defensemen.
  • The Capitals finished the homestand with a pedestrian 2-2-1 record and hit the road for a week.
  • The NHL box score is here.


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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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