Capitals at Coyotes – Postgame Analysis: Pheonix Copley Strong In Goal, Jakub Vrana Scores Again

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The Capitals rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take a 3-2 win against the Coyotes Thursday night in Glendale, Arizona. The win snaps a mini two-game losing streak for the Capitals. The Capitals now head east for a tilt with the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7PM ET. 

The Capitals turned-in another slow start Thursday night, but much like previous slow starts this season, the team responded with a rally for the win. Jakub Vrana scored his third goal in two games and Andre Burakovsky potted a late goal for the game winner.

Our complete game recap can be found here. The NHL box score can be found here. Stats provided by Natural Stat Trick are here.

Tom Wilson was not in the lineup due to an upper body injury (concussion) sustained in the last game against Vegas. T.J. Oshie missed his tenth-straight game due to upper body injury (concussion). As a result, Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky were moved up to the first line with Alex Ovechkin. Travis Boyd returned to the lineup at right wing on the fourth line with Dmitrij Jaskin and Nic Dowd. Jonas Siegenthaler also returned to the lineup, replacing Madison Bowey.


Pheonix Copley (5-2-1, 3.06 GAA, .899 save percentage) started in goal for the Capitals.

The Coyotes opened the scoring with a goal from the slot by Christian Fischer at 4:48. The goal was setup after a poor turnover by Andre Burakovsky in the Caps defensive zone. Jakub Vrana would tie the game early in the middle frame, but Arizona would retake the lead 1:32 later with a goal from Lawson Crouse, making it 2-1. The Capitals would tie the game late in the second period with a goal from Matt Niskanen. Niskanen’s blast from the top of the slot was setup by a nice feed from Travis Boyd was o make it 2-2 at the second intermission. Andre Burakovsky would pot the game winner late in the final frame and Alex Ovechkin would net an ENG for the 4-2 win.

The Coyotes out-attempted the Caps 26-22 with shots on goal (SOG) tied 11-11 for the first period. The Capitals out-attempted the Coyotes 17-13 and were tied 7-7 in SOG for the middle frame. The Capitals out-attempted the Coyotes 16-14 and led 7-4 in SOG in the final frame.



Pheonix Copley did well in the first period, fending-off the all but one of the Coyotes opening set of salvos, and keeping the score to 1-0 at the first intermission. For the game, Copley stopped 27 of 29 shots for a .931 save percentage. Adin Hill stopped 25 of 28 for an .893 save percentage.


Capitals on the power play
The Capitals entered the game with the leagues 7th best power play at a 26.4% conversion rate. However, the power play has been struggling as of late, ranked 16th in the league with a 19.2% conversion rate since November 1 (17 games). The Coyotes entered the game with the leagues best penalty kill at 90% success rate. The Capitals were 0 for 1 on the power play for the game.

Capitals on the penalty kill
The Capitals entered the game with the leagues 23rd ranked penalty kill at 76.2%. Arizona entered the game with the leagues 25th ranked power play at 15.9% success rate. The Coyotes were 0 for 2 on the power play for the game.

Each side had a penalty shot, but both were unsuccessful.

The Coyotes won the battle at the dot 61-39%. Chandler Stephenson was 0 for 2, Nicklas Backstrom was 3 for 16 (19%), Lars Eller was 7 for 12 (58%), Nic Dowd was 1 for 4, Travis Boyd was 3 for 4 and Evgeny Kuznetsov was 6 for 13.

Alex Ovechkin registered his 5,000th career shot in the first period. John Carlson led the Caps in shots with 7 for the game.  Dmitrij Jaskin had low ice time. Jonas Siegenthaler and Christian Djoos were -2. Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen were +3.


By Jon Sorensen

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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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