Andre Burakovsky Comes Up Clutch to Snap Caps Two-Game Slide

michael banner 2Coming of two straight tough losses, the Washington Capitals came up big in Arizona with a 4-2 win over the Coyotes. Jakub Vrana, Matt Niskanen, and Andre Burakovsky each lit the lamp, Burkie’s goal coming in crunch time, as did Alex Ovechkin with an empty netter. Perhaps the funniest thing from this storyline is Pheonix Copley got the start in Phoenix. Copley stopped 27-04-28 shots with a .931 save percentage in the win. 

The Coyotes struck on the board first at 4:48 into the game with Christian Fischer’s sixth goal of the season. In the second period, Jakub Vrana tied things up with a great top-shelf shot. It was the second straight game Vrana scored and it was his ninth goal of the season.

Lawson Crouse answered back with a goal to put the Coyotes back in front 2-1.

The Caps tied it back up with four minutes to go in the second by the birthday boy Matt Niskanen. His goal was ugly and beautiful as it bounced off a defender. The goal was Nisky’s fourth of the season.

This game featured two penalty shots in the same game. The home team couldn’t convert 1:16 into the second after Brett Connolly was oddly called for throwing an object at the puck. Early into the third, Vrana came racing towards the goal but was hooked by Kevin Connauton, giving V a penalty shot. He was unable to convert his so the game remained tied.

With 4:42 left in the game Andre Burakovsky put the Caps in front with a snapshot short-side goal. Burakovsky was promoted to the top line entering this game as Tom Wilson is now on a road to recovery with a concussion. Burakovsky is heating up. That was his second goal in four games.

Alex Ovechkin added an empty netter for his 21st goal of the year to seal the 4-2 win. The Capitals now head to Columbus for a Saturday night Metropolitan Division clash with the Blue Jackets. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

This game was the first time the Capitals defeated the Coyotes in Arizona in regulation since January 16, 2006. It was also the game where Alex Ovechkin scored “The Goal” in his rookie season in front of NHL legend and then-Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. A goal that Joe Beninati called, “simply sensational.”

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