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Coyotes recover for shootout victory against Capitals

Blow lead but end winless streak at three; Washington loses for first time in seven games

by Harvey Valentine / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Garland wins SO for Coyotes

ARI@WSH: Garland seals shootout win for Coyotes

Conor Garland goes top shelf on Ilya Samsonov to wrap up a shootout win for the Coyotes

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WASHINGTON -- The Arizona Coyotes squandered a three-goal lead but defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout at Capital One Arena on Monday to end their three-game winless streak and Washington's six-game winning streak.

T.J. Oshie tied the game 3-3 when he put in the rebound of Alex Ovechkin's shot with 1:16 left in the third period.

Oshie scored at 2:14 of overtime, but the goal was overturned when video review showed Oshie was offside on the play.

 

[WATCH: All Coyotes vs. Capitals highlights]

 

"We had a good shift right after that, and we were buzzing around in their zone a little bit," Oshie said. "That's fine. You just try to go out there and do it again."

Arizona's Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland scored in the shootout.

"You come back from the dead," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said of the overturned goal. "We had a chance there [in overtime] with Vinnie [Hinostroza], and in the shootout, you've got to give the guys there, [Schmaltz] and [Garland], credit for the great goals for us."

Video: ARI@WSH: Schmaltz beats Samsonov glove side in SO

Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Michael Grabner scored for the Coyotes (10-6-2), who were 0-2-1 in their previous three games. Antti Raanta made 31 saves.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, and Ilya Samsonov made 32 saves for the Capitals (13-2-4), who extended their point streak to 12 games (10-0-2).

"The first two periods were not at all how we want to play," Washington coach Todd Reirden said. "Credit the guys for staying with it and turning it around in the third, but we didn't have to do that to ourself. We're fortunate to get a point out of this game."

Video: ARI@WSH: Oshie slams home rebound for game-tying goal

Raanta went into a split to make the save on a Jakub Vrana wrist shot 1:03 into the game, then got his right pad on Tom Wilson's shot on a 2-on-1 rush at 1:39.

"They're such a great team, and you've got to know their starts are going to be huge," Arizona defenseman Jason Demers said. "[Raanta] weathered the storm for us."

Wilson said, "The first five minutes, it felt like our line could have had five goals, but that's what a goalie's for. We have that privilege on any given night to have goalies that will make big saves (for us), and he made a few big ones for his team."

Arizona took a 1-0 lead at 14:15 of the first when Keller poked in a loose puck after a centering pass by Hinostroza.

Video: ARI@WSH: Keller puts home loose puck to open scoring

Fischer made it 2-0 when Brad Richardson's centering pass deflected off his skate and just over the goal line before Samsonov gloved it 10 seconds into the second period.

"That's not the first time I've scored off my skate and won't be last," Fischer said. "If it goes in, it counts, so it's nice."

Grabner scored 33 seconds later to make it 3-0. He intercepted a pass by Oshie, went in alone and beat Samsonov through the five-hole 45 seconds into the period.

Kuznetsov got Washington within 3-1 at 8:47 when he scored on a breakaway off a pass from Vrana.

Kuznetsov has three goals and six assists during a four-game point streak.

Video: ARI@WSH: Vrana springs Kuznetsov for breakaway goal

"You can tell when he's feeling it and he's going to be able to control the game, which he did most of the night," Oshie said.

After Michal Kempny's shot caromed off the end boards, Kuznetsov scored on a backhand at 2:23 of the third period to make it 3-2.

"What's the point of playing the game if you feel like you're going to lose?" Kuznetsov said of Washington's comeback. "No, you always believe in the next shift, the next shift, and the guys next to you, you are going to get momentum and we are going to come back in the game."

Video: ARI@WSH: Kuznetsov backhands in second goal

 

They said it

"It was a scrappy game. We had to overcome some circumstances. That's a good hockey club over there. They've got some skill. [Evgeny] Kuznetsov, oh my God, was he good tonight. Obviously, blowing the 3-0 (lead), we're not happy with it, but it's a gutty win for us." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"We know we didn't play our best hockey in the first couple periods, and there was only one thing to do coming out in the third, was try to correct it and try and play the right way. We did enough to battle back into it, and bit of a buzzkill there, we thought we [won] it, but that's the way it goes sometimes." -- Capitals forward Tom Wilson, referring to T.J. Oshie's overturned goal in overtime

 

Need to know

Demers returned after missing two games because of a lower-body injury. He was minus-1 with one blocked shot in 19:53. ... Grabner has three goals and two assists during a five-game point streak. ... The Capitals had scored at least one goal in 18 consecutive periods before being shut out in the first period. ... Washington forward Richard Panik returned after missing 10 games because of an upper-body injury. He was plus-1 with two hits in 10:47.

 

What's next

Coyotes: At the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Capitals: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Video: Coyotes top Capitals in shootout

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