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Boedker and Mueller score in third period, rally Coyotes to win over Caps @NHL

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mikkel Boedker and Peter Mueller scored four minutes apart early in the third period and the Phoenix Coyotes rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Thursday night.

Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves in his first start of the season for the Coyotes, who are 2-0 at home for the first time since 2000. Phoenix snapped a three-game losing streak.

Brooks Laich scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who have lost two straight.

Phoenix tied it 1-1 with 17:31 to go when Olli Jokinen stole the puck from defenceman Tyler Sloan just past the Capitals blue line and fed a pass to Boedker for the wrist shot under Jose Theodore.

Mueller made it 2-1 with 13:28 remaining when he took a cross-ice pass from Martin Hanzal and fired into the open right side of the net.

Laich put Washington ahead 1-0 at 8:18 of the second when he capped a 4-on-2 break with a wrist shot from the inside hashes of the right circle.

The Coyotes had two golden scoring opportunities in the first period. First, Shane Doan missed into Theodore's pads on a breakaway with five minutes left in the period. One minute later, Kevin Porter fired a shot off the right post at the end of a 4-on-2 rush.

Theodore finished with 32 saves for the Capitals, who had not lost in Phoenix since Oct. 31, 2001. The road team had won each of the past five meetings.

Notes: Alexander Semin added an assist on Laich's goal and has 11 points in seven games. ... Washington's power-play goal snapped the Capitals' 1-for-18 skid with the man advantage. ... Coyotes RW Viktor Tikhonov left the game after a centre-ice collision with Washington D Mike Green midway through the first period and didn't return. ... The Capitals played in Phoenix for the first time since Jan. 16, 2006, when Alex Ovechkin scored "The Goal" - a one-handed, over-the-shoulder shot while sliding faceup and backward toward the net - to spark a 6-1 win.

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