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Capitals rally to defeat Coyotes in overtime

Carlson goal with 46 seconds left gives Washington third straight win

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- John Carlson scored with 46 seconds left in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Capital One Arena on Monday.

After T.J. Oshie flubbed a one-timer from the slot, the puck slid to the bottom of the left face-off circle for Carlson, who beat goalie Scott Wedgewood with a shot to the short side.

Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals (8-6-1), who fell behind 2-0 in the first period before rallying for their third consecutive win. Braden Holtby made 24 saves.

 

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"We're just kind of finding our way and figuring out what's working for us," Carlson said. "We've got to put a couple of these together. We didn't start like we wanted to, so we've got a lot of work to do."

Clayton Keller and Christian Fischer scored for the Coyotes (2-12-2), who have earned at least a point in three of their past five games (2-2-1) after their 0-10-1 start. Wedgewood made 37 saves.

Ovechkin scored on the power play to tie it 2-2 at 14:23 of the second period. The Capitals took advantage of Coyotes forward Mario Kempe's broken stick when Ovechkin got open and beat Wedgewood with a one-timer from the left circle.

Ovechkin passed Joe Nieuwendyk for 12th in NHL history with the 216th power-play goal of his career. He is one behind Mike Gartner and Jaromir Jagr for 10th.

It was Washington's first power-play goal since Oct. 20 against the Detroit Red Wings. The Capitals were 0-for-15 since Ovechkin scored on a 4-on-3 advantage in overtime to give them a 4-3 victory against Detroit.

Video: ARI@WSH: Ovechkin uncorks vicious one-timer for PPG

"That's what we're talking about," Ovechkin said. "We just have to manage the puck because we know exactly what we have to do out there. Sometimes it's working, sometimes it's not. Finally, it's nice to get a goal. It was a big goal for us as well."

Keller scored one minute into the game to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead. He forced a turnover by Lars Eller in the Arizona zone, skated alone down the ice and beat Holtby on a breakaway.

It was the 12th time the Coyotes scored the first goal this season, but they're 2-8-2 in those games.

Keller leads NHL rookies in goals (11) and points (17).

Fischer deflected a pass from Christian Dvorak past Holtby at 6:42 to make it 2-0.

"We came out hot and that was awesome being on the road and we put them on their heels," Wedgewood said. "[Two goals on two shots], you can't ask for a better start. Then, give them credit, they found a way to get back in the game and kept battling."

Smith-Pelly beat Wedgewood with a backhand at 8:41 of the first period to cut the Coyotes lead to 2-1.

Holtby made a pad save against Coyotes forward Brendan Perlini on a breakaway with 2:34 left in the second period to keep the game tied 2-2.

The Capitals were 1-for-6 on the power play. The Coyotes went 0-for-3.

"There's some stuff that we're a young team, we have to learn," Arizona coach Rich Tocchet said. "Sometimes when you're tired, it's like my old buddy (Pittsburgh Penguins coach) Mike Sullivan said, 'You can't be tired.' In these situations, you can't be tired. You can't give. Winners don't give."

Video: ARI@WSH: Smith-Pelly nets backhand from right circle

 

Goal of the game

Carlson's goal at 4:14 of overtime.

Video: ARI@WSH: Carlson wires in wrister to win it in OT

 

Save of the game

Holtby stopping Perlini on a breakaway at 17:26 of the second period.

Video: ARI@WSH: Holtby denies Perlini's backhand on break

 

Highlight of the game

Keller's goal one minute into the game.

Video: ARI@WSH: Keller steals puck and buries wrister

 

They said it

"[Goalie Scott Wedgewood] was unbelievable. He kept us in it. They had so many power plays. They only had one goal, but they have one of the best power plays in the League. So credit goes to him. He bailed us out and he gave us that point." -- Coyotes forward Christian Fischer

 

"It's a trust thing. I felt they got two and I got a couple looks on the bench. 'Are you gonna pull him or not?' I said, 'No, he's gonna mix in a save here. Let him battle through this.' If they had scored another one pretty quickly, I would have gave him the hook." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz on goalie Braden Holtby, who allowed a goal on each of the first two shots he faced

 

Need to know

Carlson has scored two overtime goals in his NHL career, each against Wedgewood. The first came in a 1-0 Capitals win March 25, 2016, when Wedgewood played for the New Jersey Devils. ... Wedgewood has made 35 or more saves in two of three starts since being acquired in a trade from the Devils on Oct. 28. ... Ovechkin's 12 goals are tied with New York Islanders center John Tavares for second in the League behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov's 14.

 

What's next

Coyotes: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, FS-A, NHL.TV)

Capitals: At the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Carlson's OT goal lifts Caps to 3-2 win vs. Coyotes

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