Coyotes Beat Capitals 4-3 (SO); Evgeny Kuznetsov Scores Twice

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 (SO) Monday night at Capital One Arena. The loss drops the Capitals record to 13-2-4 (30 points) on the season, good enough for first place in the Metropolitan Division, five points ahead of the New York Islanders. The Capitals are back in action Wednesday when they visit the Flyers in Philadelphia. The game is NBC’s Wednesday Night Hockey game of the week, and will be a national broadcast. Puck drop is set for just after 7:30 PM.


The Coyotes would dent twine in the first frame for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Arizona would add two goals in the first 45 seconds of the middle frame to stretch their lead to 3-0 before Evgeny Kuznetsov would pot the Caps first goal of the game midway through the middle frame for a 3-1 score at the second break. Evgeny Kuznetsov would cut the ‘Yotes lead to one early in the final frame with his second goal of the game. The Capitals would tie the game late in regulation with a goal from TJ Oshie, making it 3-3 at 18:44. The game would go to extra time, but no goals were scored, sending the game to a shootout. The Coyotes would go 2 for 2 and the Capitals 0 for 2 in the shootout.

Ilya Samsonov (5-1-0-0, 2.38 GAA, .915 sv%) got the start in goal for the Capitals. Antti Raanta (2-1-0-2, 3.12 GAA, .912 sv% ) got the start between the pipes for the Coyotes. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Carl Hagelin (Upper body injury – day-to-day). The Capitals re-assigned Travis Boyd and Tyler Lewington to Hershey on Monday, in order to make salary cap space for the return of Richard Panik. With the injury to Hagelin, the Capitals roster for the game included 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.

The Capitals opened the game with significant pressure, and several high-danger scoring changes, but Coyotes netminder Antti Raanta made several nice stops to keep the game scoreless. The Coyotes opened the scoring with a goal from Clayton Keller at 14:15 of the first period.

The first period would conclude with the Coyotes leading 1-0. Arizona led in shots on goal 14-11 for the first 20 minutes. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the opening stanza.

The Coyotes stretched their lead 2-0 with a goal from Christian Fischer just 12 seconds into the second period.

33 seconds later the Coyotes would make it 3-0 with a goal from Michael Grabner at :45 of the middle frame.

The Capitals would finally get on the board with a break away goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov at 8:47 of the second period. Jakub Vrana (8) and Tom Wilson (8) were credited with the helpers.

The period would conclude with the Coyotes lead 3-1. Arizona led 13-9 in shots on goal for the second period, and 26-21 for the first 40 minutes. The Coyotes were 0 for 1 and the Capitals 0 for 2 on the power play after 40 minutes.

The Capitals would cut the Coyotes lead to 3-2 with a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov at 2:23 of the final frame. Michal Kempny (8) had the lone assist.

The Capitals would tie the game with a 6-on-5 goal from TJ Oshie at 18:44 of the final frame. Alex Ovechkin (10) and John Carlson (21) has the assists on the goal.

Regulation would end tied 3-3.

The Capitals appeared to have scored the game winner when TJ Oshie found twine in the extra frame, but the play was reviewed and deemed offsides. Overtime would end with the game still tied 3-3.

1. Washington: Oshie: No good. Arizona: (Schmaltz): Good
2. Washington: Kuznetsov: No good. Arizona: (Garland): Good


  • The NHL box score is here.
  • The Coyotes led in shots on goal 35-34.
  • The Capitals led in shot attempts 52-43.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 32 of 35 shots for a .914 game save percentage.
  • The Coyotes win the faceoff battle 54-46%.
  • The Coyotes were 0 for 2 and the Capitals 0 for 3 on the power play.


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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