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.
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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