Coyotes drop Caps in SO

Coyotes drop Caps in SO
November 9, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Highlights: Capitals fall to Coyotes in SO

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Shane Doan scored his second goal to cap a rally late in regulation and the Phoenix Coyotes scored on both attempts in the shootout to end Washington's four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

Troy Brouwer and John Carlson scored two of Washington's three goals on power plays in a strange second period that included a string of penalties and rare delay of game call against Phoenix goalie Mike Smith for playing the puck across the red line.

Trailing 3-1, Phoenix rallied late in the third period on goals by Lauri Korpikoski, who scored as he was falling to the ice, and Doan's fourth goal in three games on a power play with 1:46 left.

Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored in the shootout and Washington failed on its two attempts to lose for the first time in five shootouts.

Joel Ward also scored for the Capitals, who have scored seven power-play goals in three games.

Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals hadn't played in the desert since 2011 so there was plenty of anticipation in the Valley of the Sun for this one.

It certainly didn't hurt that both teams have been playing well; Washington had outscored opponents 17-6 during a four-game winning streak and Phoenix had won five of six.

The Caps' forte has been special teams; they're the NHL's best on the power play and the penalty kill.

The Coyotes didn't have any trouble against Washington's penalty kill early, scoring 22 seconds into their first chance with the man advantage midway through the first period.

Doan got it, gathering a rebound off a shot by Keith Yandle and flipping a wrister past Michal Neuvirth.

The Coyotes got themselves in trouble after that with a march to the penalty box.

Phoenix killed off the first two penalties, but Brouwer scored 38 seconds into the second period when he was left alone at Phoenix's blue line and beat Smith with a hard shot from the right circle.

Jordan Szwarz went into the box three minutes later for high-sticking and Washington needed 19 seconds to capitalize, going up 2-1 on a shot from the slot by Carlson after some quick passing.

A carousel to the penalty box followed, including six straight power play minutes for Phoenix and the call against Smith, who played the puck across the red line as he was skating off for an extra attacker.

Once the chaos ended, Ward put the Capitals up 3-1 with a one-timer from along the goal line after the puck squirted his direction.

Washington appeared to be in control, but Korpikoski scored on a backhander as he was falling to the ice and Doan scored for the seventh time in eight games with a wrister after Caps rookie Nate Schmidt was called for delay of game for sending the puck over the glass from his own end.

Notes: Phoenix will play at Washington on March 8, marking the first time these teams have played twice in a season since 2001-02. ... Phoenix played without F Radim Vrbata, who's tied for the team lead with six goals, and top defenseman Derek Morris due to injuries. ... Phoenix's Kyle Chipchura and Washington's Aaron Volpatti got into a fight late in the first period. Chipchura left a little bloodied and Volpatti had his jersey ripped off.

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