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SportBurakovsky's goal sends Capitals to 4-2 win over Coyotes

07:55  07 december  2018
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Andre Burakovsky made a mistake that led to Arizona's first goal and spent most of the night watching pucks repeatedly bounce over his stick.

When given a late opportunity, though, he halted the Coyotes' four-game winning streak.


Promoted to the top line due to Tom Wilson's injury, Burakovsky made up for his early miscues by scoring late in the third period and lifting the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory Thursday.

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Burakovsky recorded a power-play goal and three shots during Wednesday' s 4 - 2 win over the Blackhawks. Winger Andre Burakovsky had minor surgery to repair an upper-body injury and might return in the second round if the Capitals advance.

"This game is funny," Burakovsky said. "You're playing good, some nights have 1,000 chances and can't score, and some nights you're struggling hard and get one."

Coming off consecutive losses, the Capitals faced one-goal deficits in each of the opening two periods.

Jakub Vrana scored his third goal in two games in the first period and Matt Niskanen had one on his birthday in the second. Pheonix Copley turned away numerous good chances while making 27 saves, and Burakovsky scored the winner with 4:42 left on a shot that caromed off goalie Adin Hill's blocker.

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Burakovsky , the Capitals ’ mercurial 23-year-old forward, entered with zero playoff points and a head filled with lingering doubt. And when that never came, it was Burakovsky ’ s secondary-scoring punch that pushed the Capitals into the Stanley Cup finals. He was, in two words, the improbable hero.

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"We've been creating chances every game, playing good games, so it's good to see it pay off," Vrana said.

Christian Fischer scored in the first period, but the Coyotes missed on several opportunities to stretch the lead. Lawson Crouse scored in the second and Arizona again wasted some decent chances in the third before Burakovsky scored.

Hill stopped 26 shots, giving up one more goal than he had while opening his Coyotes career with four straight wins.

"They made the play, we didn't," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet. "We had our chances."

The Coyotes jumped on Washington early when Fischer, who earlier limped off after blocking a shot, one-timed a pass from Derek Stepan from the right circle.

Arizona squandered a chance early in the second period when Richard Panik missed the net on a penalty shot.

The Capitals ratcheted up the pressure from there, tying it on Vrana's wrist shot from between the circles that beat Hill to the glove side.

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Niklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson scored for the Capitals (32-17-7), who still extended their point streak to four games ( 2 -0- 2 ). It burned us. We deserved that.” Byfuglien set up the game’ s first goal when he spun around Burakovsky in Washington’ s end and sent the puck

Richard Panik and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes became the latest team to take advantage of Washington' s penalty-killing Reimer started in place of Roberto Luongo, who was given the night off after playing in Saturday' s 4 - 2 win over the New York Islanders.

The momentum didn't last.

Crouse tied it 90 seconds later, gathering a loose puck between the circles, sliding to his left and beating Copley to the stick side.

Niskanen tied it late in the period on a shot that caromed off Arizona defenseman Jacob Chychrun past Hill.

The Capitals got their turn for a penalty shot next and also failed when Vrana couldn't find an opening against Hill.

Burakovsky, after struggling most of the night, scored the winner on a shot Hill saw, but couldn't stop.

"I got a piece of that shot with my blocker, but I've got to make that save," he said.

NOTES: Wilson did not play due to a concussion sustained Tuesday against Vegas. ... Arizona lost for the third time in 15 games (11-3-1) when scoring first. ... Niskanen turned 32. ... Coyotes C Vinnie Hinostroza went out in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.


The Capitals play at Columbus on Saturday.

The Coyotes host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.


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