Game Recap – 12/6/2018 – Washington Capitals v. Arizona Coyotes

Washington Capitals (15-9-3 33pts) v. Arizona Coyotes (13-11-2 28pts)



Game Recap:

The Capitals snapped their 2 game losing streak by continuing to play the game, and not backing down when things looked really bad in the first period. The Capitals also ended the Coyotes 4 game winning streak in the process. Another great game for Pheonix Copley in the net for the Capitals.



Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin —¬†Nicklas Backstrom¬†—¬†Andre Burakovsky

Jakub Vrana¬†—¬†Evgeny Kuznetsov¬†—¬†Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson¬†—¬†Lars Eller¬†—¬†Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitrij Jaskin¬†—¬†Nic Dowd¬†—¬†Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny¬†— John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov¬†—¬†Matt Niskanen

Jonas Siegenthaler¬†—¬†Christian Djoos

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Madison Bowey

Injured: T.J. Oshie (concussion), Brooks Orpik (knee surgery), Tom Wilson (concussion)


Arizona Coyotes:

Alex Galchenyuk — Nick Schmaltz — Clayton Keller

Richard Panik¬†—¬†Derek Stepan¬†—¬†Christian Fischer

Mario Kempe¬†—¬†Brad Richardson¬†—¬†Vinnie Hinostroza

Lawson Crouse¬†—¬†Nick Cousins¬†—¬†Josh Archibald

Oliver Ekman-Larsson¬†—¬†Kevin Connauton

Jakob Chychrun¬†—¬†Niklas Hjalmarsson

Alex Goligoski¬†—¬†Jordan Oesterle

Adin Hill

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: Conor Garland, Ilya Lyubushkin

Injured: Antti Raanta (lower body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Jason Demers (lower body), Christian Dvorak (upper body)


First Period:

Coyotes Goal – 4:48 – Christian Fischer (6) from Derek Stepan (7)

Capitals Penalty – 18:38 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Hooking


End of 1st РWAS Р0       ARI Р1

Shots              11                11

Faceoffs         07                07

Hits               09                  06

PP                 0/0                 0/0 *1st in progress



This was not the greatest period for the Capitals. They were overwhelmed by the Coyotes speed, and there were too many turnovers as the Capitals had 6 compared to the Coyotes 1. This game could be worse, but Pheonix Copley has been playing very well to keep the Capitals in the game.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to play a better overall game and contain the Coyotes speed as that is one of the biggest reasons as to why the Coyotes are forcing all of these turnovers. Also the Capitals need to play much better in their own zone.


Second Period:

Coyotes Penalty Shot – 1:16 – Richard Panik – Miss (Brett Connolly – Throw Object at Puck)

Capitals Goal – 5:27 – Jakub Vrana (9) from Brett Connolly (13) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (19)

Coyotes Goal – 6:58 – Lawson Crouse (6) from Nick Cousins (6) and Jordan Oesterle (5)

Capitals Penalty – 11:25 – Matt Niskanen 2 minutes for High Sticking

Coyotes Penalty – 13:07 – Jakob Chychrun 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Goal – 16:00 – Matt Niskanen (4) from Travis Boyd (6) and Pheonix Copley (1)


End of 2nd РWAS Р2        ARI Р2

Shots               18                 18

Faceoffs          13                 22

Hits                 19                  13

PP                   0/1                  0/2



This was a very back and forth period for the Capitals. It was good as they got the first and last goals of the period to make this game 2-2 going into the 2nd intermission. However, the Capitals are still chasing the Coyotes.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to do a better job at containing and combating the Coyotes speed. Also the Capitals need to do a better job in the faceoff circle.


Third Period:

Capitals Penalty Shot – :16 – Jakub Vrana – Miss (Kevin Connauton – Hooking on Breakaway)

Capitals Goal – 15:18 – Andre Burakovsky (5) from Matt Niskanen (10) and Dmitry Orlov (8)

Capitals PPG _ 19:57 – Alex Ovechkin (21) from unassisted


End of 3rd РWAS Р4         ARI Р2

Shots              29                   29

Faceoffs        20                    31

Hits               25                     18

PP                 0/1                    0/2



This was a fast moving 3rd period that started with a good break by Jakub Vrana drawing a Penalty Shot, but unable to capitalize, but then Andre Burakovsky netting the eventual game winner late in the 3rd to give the Capitals the win.


Next Up:

Washington (16-9-3 35pts) v. Columbus (16-10-2 34pts)

Arizona (13-12-2 28pts) v. San Jose (13-10-5 31pts)

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