Capitals Edge Coyotes, 2-0, Extend Season-Opening Point-Streak To Eight

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The Washington Capitals downed the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 2-0 at Capital One Arena on Friday night. The victory lifted the Capitals’ record to 5-0-3, second in the Metropolitan Division. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 16 saves in the win.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Coyotes

Graphic: @Capitals

With right-wing T.J. Oshie out due to a lower-body injury, Daniel Sprong took his spot after being a healthy scratch in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Right-wing Brett Leason made his NHL debut, skating on the third-line, while Hendrix Lapierre shifted to center. Center Nicklas Backstrom, who is recovering from a hip injury, missed his eighth straight game. Center Nic Dowd was out for the second time in three games due to a lower-body injury.

First Period

The Capitals led 14-4 in shots, 5-4 in hits, and did not score on two power plays in the first.

The Coyotes led 4-2 in takeaways, 4-3 in blocked shots, won 56% of the faceoffs, and did not convert on their lone man advantage of the period.

Each team was credited with two giveaways through one.

Second Period

The Capitals led 23-10 in shots, including 9-6 in the second, and failed to score on five power plays through 40 minutes.

The Coyotes led 14-8 in hits, 11-7 in blocked shots, 8-7 in takeaways, had four giveaways while the Capitals had six, won 58% of the draws, and did not score on two power plays in the first two periods.

Third Period

Capitals defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk saved the team from going down 1-0 by blocking right-wing Christian Fischer’s shot from the slot with a wide open net to shoot at just prior to the first television timeout of the period.

Defenseman John Carlson wristed one from up top through a maze of bodies with left-wing Conor Sheary in front of Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka after getting a feed from center Evgeny Kuznetsov from the right wall to give the Capitals the first goal of the game on the power play with 7:58 left.

Left-wing Alex Ovechkin wristed one from just above the right circle in his own zone into an empty net at the other end with 21 seconds left to make it 2-0. It marked the 36-year-old’s ninth goal in eight games this season.

The Capitals led 32-16 in shots, including 9-6 in the third, 16-13 in blocked shots, and scored once on six power plays.

The Coyotes led 19-16 in hits, 11-7 in takeaways, had five giveaways while the Capitals had eight, and did not score on three power plays.

The battle at the dot was even.

Next game: Monday at Tampa Bay Lightning (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally)

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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