Capitals shut out Coyotes 2-0, complete successful road trip

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Conor Sheary scored in the first period and Vitek Vanecek got his fourth shutout of the season as the Washington Capitals beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 Friday night for their seventh win in nine games.

John Carlson scored his 16th goal in an empty net with 25 seconds left. Sheary and Nic Dowd got the assists on that goal. Vanecek stopped 19 shots for his seventh career shutout and 20th win of the season.

The Capitals tied Pittsburgh for third place in the Metropolitan Division with 99 points.

Karel Vejmelka made 27 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost nine in a row (0-8-1). Arizona was coming off an overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday, its only point since a road overtime win over the Blackhawks on April 3.

Sheary’s goal, his 18th, came with 8:27 left in the first period. Sheary threw a rebound down the right side of Vejmelka. Nicklas Backstrom and Justin Schultz got the assists for Washington.


The Capitals outshot the Coyotes 29-19. There were four penalties in the game, all against Arizona.

Jack McBain had the best chance for Arizona in the first period, but his shot from close range against Vanecek hit the post to the right of the keeper. McBain, in his sixth career game, is looking for his first career goal.

A crowd of 14,023, including a large contingent of Capitals fans, was in attendance at the Gila River Arena. The Coyotes have two more games to play in Glendale before moving to a much smaller arena on the Arizona State campus next season.

Alex Ovechkin only had two shots in the first two periods. The 36-year-old Capitals left-winger scored his 50th goal Wednesday, the 780th of his career. He trails only Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). Ovechkin tied Gretzky and Mike Bossy in his ninth season with 50 or more goals.

WITHOUT ANY GOAL

With 7:05 remaining in the second period, an apparent goal by Washington’s Garnet Hathaway — behind the Coyotes’ net — was canceled due to the officials’ ruling that Hathaway controlled the puck with a high stick. The call was confirmed by replay.

MILESTONES

Andrew Ladd was honored in a pre-game ceremony for playing his 1,000th game Wednesday against Chicago. His family was on hand for the ceremony featuring longtime Coyotes captain Shane Doan and a video tribute with former and current teammates. Ladd got the start at left wing Friday night… Bokondji Imama, meanwhile, made his NHL debut for the Coyotes. The 25-year-old Montreal defenseman saw ice time in the first two periods.

APART

Coyotes C Jay Beagle sat out Friday after leaving Arizona in the previous game with a lower-body injury. … Nick Ritchie and Dyson Mayo missed their second straight game with upper-body injuries.

NEXT

Capitals: hosts Toronto on Sunday.

Coyotes: Host St. Louis on Saturday.

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