The Capitals were looking to shake off a two-game losing streak against the Arizona Coyotes, who they lost to just over a month ago 4-1. The redux had a whole lotta weirdness.
After dominating the first five minutes, an Andre Burakovsky turnover led to a Christian Fischer blast past Pheonix Copley. Then the Caps came out slow again in the second period, and Richard Panik failed on his penalty shot after a perplexing throwing-the-stick interference play from Brett Connolly. Jakub Vrana fired an absolute dart past Adin Hill off a loose puck in front. Lawson Crouse then converted off a rebound where three Caps were standing around in front of the net. Matt Niskanen slung a wrister to the front and got a kind deflection in front off Jakob Chychrun to tie the game again. 15 seconds into the third, Jakub Vrana got the second penalty shot of the game, but couldn’t convert. Andre Burakovsky ripped a shot short-side with roughly five minutes left, and the Yotes couldn’t convert with an empty net, but Alex Ovechkin could for the Caps first win in Arizona since 2006.
Caps win 4-2!
Matt Niskanen tied the game at 2-2 with a goal. Today is his birthday. He's the first Capital to score on his birthday since John Carlson (Jan. 10, 2015), and it's the first time Niskanen has ever scored a goal on his birthday.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 7, 2018
Rule 53.6 appears to be the applicable rule to why the Coyotes were awarded a penalty shot in that situation . pic.twitter.com/SjiQP8BeOF
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) December 7, 2018
Joe B Suit of the Night
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 7, 2018
This was such a weird game, fam. The Caps looked lethargic, but snuck their way back into a game they shouldn’t have had a chance in. But a win is a win, and they have the chance to make it two in a row when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night.
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