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Coyotes jump out to early lead, stun Caps in Arizona

Coyotes jump out to early lead, stun Caps in Arizona

Final score: Washington Capitals 3, Arizona Coyotes 6

How it happened: Arizona jumped all over the Caps from the opening whistle, taking a 3-0 lead in the opening period. Washington tried to mount a comeback with goals from Nicklas Backstrom and Daniel Winnik to pull within one, but the Coyotes scored two of their own to keep the deficit at three at the end of the period. Both teams traded a goal in the third as the Caps could never recover from the rough start.

What it means: The loss snaps a six-game win streak and eight-game point streak. The good news for the Caps is that Columbus lost in regulation as well which keeps Washington lead at four points in the Metropolitan. Pittsburgh earned a shootout win to pull within five of the Caps.


Coyotes goal: Christian Dvorak at 7:26 in the 1st period. Dvorak blocked a pass by Andre Burakovsky at the point and broke into the offensive zone. He lost control of the puck along the boards forcing him to double back. He cut to the center and deked Burakovsky before ripping a shot into the goal. Caps 0, Coyotes 1

Coyotes goal: Josh Jooris from Alex Goligoski at 9:05 in the 1st period. Kevin Shattenkirk tried to clear the puck from behind the net, but Goligoski got it off the wall and stepped up to take the shot. Jooris whacked in the rebound through Holtby’s five-hole. Caps 0, Coyotes 1

Coyotes goal: Alexander Burmistrov from Shane Doan and Lawson Crouse at 13:12 in the 1st period. Doan and Crouse won the puck battle behind the Caps’ net and Doan backhanded a pass into the slot where Burmistrov buried it into the net. Caps 0, Coyotes 3

Caps goal: Nicklas Backstrom (power play) from Marcus Johansson and T.J. Oshie at 1:59 in the 2nd period. Shattenkirk threw the puck at the net from the blue line causing a scrum in front of net. Oshie eventually tipped the puck to an open Backstrom who shot in the goal. Caps 1, Coyotes 3

Caps goal: Daniel Winnik from Dmitry Orlov and Tom Wilson at 11:04 in the 2nd period. The Caps broke into the offensive zone on the rush and Orlov found Wilson with the cross-ice pass. Domingue made the save on Wilson’s shot, but the rebound bounced out to Winnik who backhanded it in past Domingue who had lost track of the puck. Caps 2, Coyotes 3

Coyotes goal: Christian Dvorak (power play) at 13:28 in the 2nd period. Jay Beagle won the puck in the offensive zone along the boards and tried to pass back to Matt Niskanen. The pass was off target. It came off of Niskanen's stick into the offensive zone and launched Dvorak. He skated in and rifled the wrister to the top corner. Caps 2, Coyotes 4

Coyotes goal: Alexander Burmistrov (power play) from Anthony DeAngelo and Max Domi at 17:52 in the 2nd period. Domi skated into the defensive zone and battled his way to the center allowing Burmistrov to sneak in behind the defense. Domi threaded the Caps' defense with the pass. Burmistrov backhanded in to beat Holtby. Caps 2, Coyotes 5

Coyotes goal: Peter Holland at 10:17 in the 3rd period. Holland stole the puck from Justin Williams in the neutral zone. he fought off the challenge from Wilson and fired a shot that looked like it climbed up Alzner's stick to beat Holtby. L Caps 2, Coyotes 6 

Caps goal: Justin Williams from Marcus Johansson and Dmitry Orlov at 10:37 in the 3rd period. Orlov hit a slap shot from the blue line and Williams deflected it in. Caps 3, Coyotes 6

3 stars

1. Christian Dvorak: Not only did Dvorak score twice, both of his goals were unassisted as they came off of great individual plays.

2. Alexander Burmistrov: Both of Burmistrov's goals came because of his positioning. On his first period goal, he snuck into the slot to score off the pass from Doan. In the second period, while the Caps were all watching Domi, Burmistrov got in behind the defense and was by himself when Domi hit him with the pass.

3. Daniel Winnik: Winnik was one Washington's best player on Saturday, scoring a goal in the second period to pull the Caps within one. The goal was his 12th of the season, setting a new career-high. He also fired six shots on goal on net.

Look ahead: The Caps continue their road trip with one of their biggest games of the season on Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They then wrap-up the trip in Toronto on Tuesday and return to Washington for the quick turnaround with the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Tell us what you think: One look at the standings will show you that Arizona hasn't been all that great this season. So what happened? Is this loss a cause for concern going forward or a blip on the radar?

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Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

LAS VEGAS—Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom weren’t expecting to lose their head coach less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup.

But business is business, Ovi said, and Barry Trotz is handling his by attempting to capitalize on claiming the championship.

“It’s sad,” Ovechkin said on the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he accepted his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy on Wednesday night. “Obviously, we won together.”

The Caps’ captain also thanked Trotz for directing him—and his teammates—to new heights.  

“First of all, [I want to] thank him for a great job to be our coach, to be our dad, to give us a chance to win,” Ovechkin said. “But then again, it’s a business. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine and I wish him luck.”

Backstrom, meanwhile, said he was caught off guard by Trotz’s decision to step down over a contract stalemate with the team. Trotz asked for $5 million per for five seasons; the Caps balked over the terms Trotz’s camp sought.   

“I was a little surprised, obviously,” Backstrom said. “I heard the scenario.”

Like Ovechkin, though, Backstrom praised the job Trotz did during his four-year tenure.

“He’s done a great job in Washington,” Backstrom said. “We obviously have him to thank for a lot. He’s done a tremendous job of schooling us and winning a championship. No one is going to take that away from him.”

Trotz’s next move is unclear, but he’s a free agent and currently eligible to negotiate with any team. The Islanders are the only team with an opening for a head coach.

As for Washington, GM Brian MacLellan said that associate coach Todd Reirden will get the first crack at replacing Trotz.

Ovechkin said he thinks Reirden would be a good fit.

“We all respect Todd,” Ovechkin said. “We all like him. Again, it’s not our thing to say who’s going to be head coach, but if it’s going to be Todd, it’s going to be fun.”


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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

How do you make a photo of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time even more memorable?

You make it out of all the Capitals' game scores this year, of course.

Capitals fan and artist Daniel Duffy (@RealArtOfWords) posted a phenomenal finished piece commemorating the Cup win on Wednesday, June 20. It's a little meta and astounding to look at, but very fun to try and read. If you want to relive the glory that was the parts of the 2017-18 Capitals season, check out the piece.

The piece, which appears to be done in a traditional medium like pen or marker, holds the team faced, arena played at, and final score of every game. It uses six colors and over sixty lines of text. Ovechkin roars as he holds the Stanley Cup overhead, the white away jersey shaded with bits of grey text. It takes a skilled eye to sort text and colors into shapes and shading, but Daniel did a fantastic job! It's awesome to see a fanbase create different interpretations of iconic moments. We'll surely see more of Ovechkin in this moment.

Just as we thought we were going to get tired of the celebration, fans find new ways to surprise us. Stay creative, Caps fans!