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, the Arizona Coyotes hoped they’d get some better breaks against the defending Stanley Cup champions.They came in the form of plentiful power-play opportunities.Richard Panik and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist, and the Coyotes capitalized on two of five Washington penalties to add to the Capitals’ penalty-killing struggles in a 4-1 victory on Sunday.“Getting a couple of power-play goals helped,” said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet. “I thought we skated pretty good. They came out in the second and I think we withstood that pressure by them.”Vinnie Hinostroza and Galchenyuk scored the fifth and sixth goals Washington’s penalty kill has allowed over its last four games, helping Arizona snap a three-game skid and erase the frustration of a 4-0 defeat in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves for the Coyotes in his third start in four days. In front of him, Arizona’s own league-leading penalty kill improved to 20 of its last 21 after stifling two chances for a Capitals power play that entered Sunday ranked second in the NHL.Derek Stepan added an empty-net goal with 1:32 remaining, sealing one of Arizona’s most important victories so far this season.“Big bounce-back game, big win for us,” Kuemper said. “We get back on track now, and that’s what we needed.”Nicklas Backstrom scored an even-strength goal in the second period for Washington Custom New Jersey Devils Jerseys
, which ended a five-game homestand 2-2-1. Braden Holtby stopped 18 shots for the Capitals, who sustained five penalties, the eighth time in 16 games they’ve taken at least four.“We’ve taken too many penalties throughout the first part of this year for sure,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “It’s one of the areas we have to clean up too, is the discipline and penalties, especially in the offensive zone.”Hinostroza put Arizona ahead at the tail end of their second man advantage of the game, sending in a one-time wrister of Dylan Strome’s feed. Panik also contributed on the crisp odd-man rush by the Coyotes, created when three Capitals players were caught up ice trying to score short-handed.Arizona caught Washington in transition again when Panik beat Holtby above his left shoulder to make it 2-0 just beyond the midpoint of the second period.Backstrom answered less than a minute later with a one-timer off Alex Ovechkin’s feed from the left corner that left Kuemper little chance.But the Coyotes made it a two-goal lead again with another power-play goal with 5:22 left in the period. This time, Galchenyuk stood strong to poke in a second effort from just in front of the crease after Brendan Perlini sent the puck toward the net.“We had everyone going www.officialislanders.com
, and that’s what we need to be successful,” Kuemper said. “Everyone was just doing their jobs tonight, and when that happens, good things happen for us.”NOTES: Kuemper has made every start while Antti Raanta recovers from a lower body injury, with current backup Hunter Miska still awaiting the chance for his NHL debut. Raanta last played on Nov. 2. … Capitals D John Carlson returned after missing Friday’s loss against Columbus with a lower-body injury. … Backstrom has a point in five consecutive games. … The Coyotes have yet to preserve a shutout, but have allowed just one goal in seven games this season.UP NEXTCoyotes: Conclude their trip on Tuesday night at Detroit.Capitals: Begin a four-game road trip on Tuesday night at Minnesota TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point were terrific for Tampa Bay.The top line for the Lightning was much better than the leading trio for Chicago.Johnson scored twice, Kucherov had three assists and the Lightning beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.Point and Ryan Callahan also scored for Tampa Bay New York Islanders T-Shirts Authentic
, which improved to 13-0-2 in the past 15 regular-season meetings with Chicago. Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots.The Lightning (16-6-1) remained on top of the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Buffalo.The Blackhawks dropped to 2-4-2 under new coach Jeremy Colliton, who took over on Nov. 6. Colliton has been playing Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad together in search of more offense, but Chicago is still struggling to score.Johnson, Kucherov and Point got the better of Toews, Kane and Saad for much of the night. Tampa Bay’s top line combined for three goals and seven points.“They’ve been playing really, really well since being put together and creating offense,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It was an extremely big test tonight to go against that big line they’ve got of world-class players and they did a great job and it set the tone for the game for us.”The Toews line was on the ice for Tampa Bay’s opening three goals.“You’ve got to limit the mistakes and protect the house around your net New York Islanders Hoodies Authentic
,” Toews said. “We didn’t do that. Especially myself, being out there for three goals against.”Toews and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago (8-10-5), and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves.Johnson scored twice in the first period, including 29 seconds into the game with an open shot from the slot. He scored his ninth of the season at 7:15, converting a quick one-timer off a feed from Point.“They are tremendous players,” Johnson said of the Toews line. “But I’ve got Point and Kuch on my line, so I feel pretty good about that as well.”Point made it 3-0 at the 10:05 mark with his 15th goal. After Chicago responded with Anisimov’s first goal since Oct. 27, Callahan capped the wild first period with his first goal since Oct. 21, also against Chicago.Toews got his 11th with 1:11 left in the second period New York Islanders Hats Authentic
, but the Blackhawks came up empty on two power-play chances in the third.“They were tough to handle,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. “They came out hard. They’ve done that several times this season. We needed to be better. We definitely played better as the game went on. The compete level was better.”NOTES: Lightning D Anton Stralman (upper body) and LW Ondrej Palat (lower body) remained out with injuries. Both are skating with the team and considered day to day. … Chicago rookie D Henri Jokiharju, second on the team with 10 assists, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. … Kucherov extended his point streak to five games. He has two goals and 10 assists in that span. … Toews extended his point streak to six games. … Tampa Bay rookie D Erik Cernak finished with two assists for his first career multipoint game.UP NEXTBlackhawks: At Florida Panthers on Saturday.Lightning: Host New Jersey Devils on Sunday.