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Tarik's 3 stars: Caps fall victim to the trap in the desert

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Tarik's 3 stars: Caps fall victim to the trap in the desert

The Coyotes dominated the overtime session Friday night, and Clayton Keller made sure they were rewarded for their effort as the rookie scored a rebound to lift NHL-worst Arizona to a 3-2 victory over Philipp Gruabuer and the visiting Caps.

The loss halted Washington’s winning streak at four straight games and extended their misery in the desert. In fact, the Caps still haven’t won a game in regulation in Arizona since Alex Ovechkin scored ‘The Goal’ in 2006.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Clayton Keller, Coyotes

Keller struck 4:33 into the extra session, which the home team completely controlled, out-shooting the Caps 6-1.

Keller also got the primary assist on Christian Fischer’s game-tying goal late in the regulation.

2-Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals

Just 3:04 after the Coyotes pulled even on the power play early in the third period, Kuzy pounced on a rebound to restore the Caps’ lead, 2-1.

Kuznetsov also got a secondary assist on T.J. Oshie’s goal. Over the last 10 games, No. 92 has five goals and six assists.  

3-T.J. Oshie, Capitals

Oshie got his first goal since returning to the lineup early in the second period, finishing the beautiful no-look pass from Jakub Vrana. The goal was Oshie’s 11th on the season. Vrana’s assist, meantime, marked his second primary helper in the last three games.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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