Bu­rakovsky’s goal sends Caps past the Coy­otes

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GLEN­DALE, ARIZ. (AP) — An­dre Bu­rakovsky scored late in the third pe­riod, Pheonix Co­p­ley stopped 27 shots and the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals beat the Ari­zona Coy­otes 4-2 on Thurs­day night.

Jakub Vrana scored his third goal in two games and Matt Niska­nen had one on his birth­day for the Cap­i­tals, who ended Ari­zona’s fourgame win­ning streak. Bu­rakovsky, moved up to the top line due to Tom Wil­son’s in­jury, scored the game-win­ner on a shot that car­omed in off Adin Hill’s blocker with 4:42 left.

Wash­ing­ton’s Alex Ovechkin added an empty-net goal and be­came the fastest player in NHL his­tory — ninth over­all — with 5,000 ca­reer shots, reach­ing the mark in 1,031 ca­reer games. Mar­cel Dionne was the pre­vi­ous fastest at 1,215 games.

Chris­tian Fis­cher and Law­son Crouse scored for Ari­zona, which lost for the first time since ac­quir­ing Nick Schmaltz in a trade with Chicago.

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

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

Ari­zona squan­dered an op­por tu­nity 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.

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 they also failed when Vrana couldn’t find an open­ing against Hill.

Notes: Wil­son did not play due to a con­cus­sion sus­tained Tues­day against Ve­gas. ... Ari­zona lost for the third time in 15 games (113-1) when scor­ing first. ... Niska­nen turned 32.


The Cap­i­tals play at Columbus on Satur­day.

The Coy­otes host the San Jose Sharks on Satur­day.

Red Wings 5, Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO (AP) — Dy­lan Larkin scored on a break­away at 2:48 of over­time and Detroit beat Toronto Maple af­ter blow­ing a three-goal lead in the third pe­riod.

Larkin beat Gar­ret Sparks be­tween the pads to snap Toronto’s five-game win­ning streak.

Gus­tav Nyquist set up the win­ner, and fin­ished a goal and two as­sists. Mike Green had a goal and an as­sist, Jonathan Eric­s­son and Luke Glen­den­ing also scored, Larkin had an as­sist and for­mer Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots.

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