Things so far in the Washington Capitals 2013-14 season haven’t been going quiet how the Capitals fans had hoped, but with newly signed Evgeny Kuznetsov looking on, and Washington turned on the pressure scoring three goals in the games final period to steal a 3-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes. Brandon McMillan scored his first goal of the season on a face break one-on-one with about a minute remaining in the opening period. Then, Radim Vrabata’s power play goal continued to pour in for the visiting Coyotes.
Facing a two-goal deficit, Washington finally broke through the Coyote defense and goalie Mike Smith (30 saves), when Karl Alzner’s wrist shot split the sea of Coyote defenders and found the back of the net. Just 32 seconds later, oft-injured Brooks Laich was in the right place at the right time, and Jason Chimera found him front for an easy goal. Finally, the Capitals took their first lead of the night on a power play rebound goal by Jason Chimera. The Washington defense and newly acquired Jaroslav Halak played exceptionally well recording 31 saves in his Washington Capital debut.
The Caps will look to pick back up where they left off, tonight, against the Eastern Conference leading Pittsburgh Penguins, which has been a highly contested rivalry since Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin joined their respective teams.