Burakovsky’s late goal lifts Capitals past Coyotes

Burakovsky’s late goal lifts Capitals past Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Andre Burakovsky scored the go-ahead goal at 15:18 of the third period, and the Washington Capitals ended the Arizona Coyotes’ four-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist, and Jakub Vrana scored for the Capitals (16-9-3), who won for the first time in three games and are 8-2-0 in their past 10. Pheonix Copley made 27 saves.

Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse scored for the Coyotes (13-12-2). Adin Hill made 25 saves in his first loss of the season in his fourth start.

Burakovsky, moved up to the Capitals’ No. 1 line with Tom Wilson out with an upper-body injury, skated in from the neutral zone and took a wrist shot that bounced off Hill’s blocker to make it 3-2.

Alex Ovechkin scored into an empty net with three seconds left for the 4-2 final score. It was his 21st goal, tied for the NHL lead with Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets.

Fischer gave Arizona a 1-0 lead at 4:48 of the first period. Derek Stepan took the puck away from Burakovsky to set up Fischer’s one-timer from the right face-off circle.

Vrana tied it 1-1 on a wrist shot from the slot at 5:27 of the second. He scored twice in a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

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Crouse scored on the rebound of Jordan Oesterle‘s shot from the point to put the Coyotes ahead 2-1 at 6:59.

Niskanen tied it 2-2 with a shot that deflected off Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun‘s leg at 16:00. Copley got his first NHL assist on the goal.

Each team missed a penalty shot. Richard Panik couldn’t convert at 1:16 of the second period for Arizona, and Vrana was stopped by Hill 16 seconds into the third.

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