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'Yotes Notes: Dvorak, Burmistrov Lead Charge vs. Caps

Arizona scored season-high six goals on Friday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes scored a season-high six goals against the NHL's stingiest team on Friday night at Gila River Arena and snapped a four-game losing streak.

"I think the hardest thing for teams right now that play against us is they don't know what to expect from us," center Alexander Burmistrov said after Arizona's 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. "We're already out of the playoffs but we're trying to show to the coaches and the management that we want to be here."

Burmistrov and rookie Christian Dvorak each scored two goals for the Coyotes, who built a 3-0 lead against the Capitals and star goalie Braden Holtby in the first 13:12 of the game.

"The first period was going to be huge," said Dvorak, who notched the third two-goal game of his young career. "Obviously, they are a very skilled and a very good team. Luckily, we got a couple of goals early and put them on their heels a little bit and that set us up for the game."

Video: Christian Dvorak discusses Coyotes' 6-3 win over Caps

Josh Jooris and Peter Holland also scored goals against the Capitals, who had allowed an NHL-low 165 goals before the game began. Like Burmistrov and Dvorak, Jooris and Holland played center on Friday.

"That's what happens when you get production from the center ice," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "It was good. An early lead and we capitalized on some chances. (They) pushed a little bit at the start of the second but we pushed back." 

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 6-3 win over Caps

Dvorak's first goal was an unassisted beauty, but his second goal, scored at 13:28 of the second period, was more significant because it halted a rally by the Capitals and gave the Coyotes a 4-2 lead.

"We got a big goal from (Dvorak) and then we kept going," goalie Louis Domingue said. "We stepped on the pedal and we kept going forward."

• Domingue, who was inserted into the lineup because starter Mike Smith was ill, made a career-high 45 saves against Washington's high-powered offense.

"A majority of their shots came from the outside," Domingue said. "We played a great game. We played like a team that had the lead ... and we did the right things, especially in the first and second." 

Video: Louis Domingue discusses Coyotes' 6-3 win over Caps

• Burmistrov, who has played 320 NHL games, notched the first two-goal game of his career.

"I like it here, and only way to stay here is (to) show something on the ice," said Burmistrov, whose contract expires after this season.

• Captain Shane Doan returned to the lineup after missing seven games because of a lower-body injury. Doan skated 12:29 and assisted on Burmistrov's first goal.

• Defenseman Connor Murphy played 20:04, delivered a team-high seven hits, and was plus-3.

• Forward Jamie McGinn rejoined the team after missing Wednesday's game because of a death in his family, but he did not play vs. the Capitals.

• All of the Coyotes wore a No. 42 sticker on their helmets to honor Pat Tillman as part of Military Appreciation Night.

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