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Tarik's three stars: Capitals escape from NHL-worst Coyotes with Carlson's OT goal

Tarik's three stars: Capitals escape from NHL-worst Coyotes with Carlson's OT goal

It required overtime, but the Caps eventually earned a 3-2 victory over the NHL-worst Coyotes in Washington on Monday night.

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The win—secured by John Carlson’s snipe in the extra session—gave the Caps their first three-game winning streak of the season and sent them to Buffalo with some momentum ahead of Tuesday’s showdown with the Sabres.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-John Carlson, Capitals

A lot has been asked of the veteran defenseman since Matt Niskanen went down with an upper body injury 10 games ago. In fact, Carlson came into the game leading the league in time on ice (27:12). Against Arizona, he got rewarded for his efforts the past few weeks when he scored his first goal of the season, the game-winner with less than a minute remaining in overtime. T.J. Oshie whiffed on the puck and it ended up going to Carlson in the circle—and he made no mistake, firing it past Scott Wedgewood.

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2-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

The Caps’ captain got the home team’s only power play goal on six opportunities. He scored late in the second period—with a one-timer from his office, of course—to knot the game 2-2. The goal was Ovechkin’s 216th on the power play and it pushed him past Joe Nieuwendyk for 12 place all-time in that category. Mike Gartner and Jaromir Jagr are next up for No. 8 with 217 power play goals each.  

3-Clayton Keller, Coyotes

The seventh overall pick in 2016 came into the game leading the ‘Yotes in goals with 10. He didn’t need long to get his 11th. Keller blocked a Lars Eller shot, gathered the puck and raced the other way, leading a 2-on-1. Keller took the shot himself, sniping it past Braden Holtby’s blocker to give Arizona a 1-0 lead just 60 seconds into the game. The goal was unassisted.

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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 CapFriendly.

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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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