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Capitals end home power-play drought, beat Coyotes 3-2 in OT

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  • Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) celebrates his goal with center Lars Eller (20), of Denmark, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.

    Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) celebrates his goal with center Lars Eller (20), of Denmark, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.
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  • Arizona Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn (2) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.

    Arizona Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn (2) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.
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  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his goal with defenseman Christian Djoos (29), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his goal with defenseman Christian Djoos (29), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.
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  • Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (9) celebrates his goal with the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.

    Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (9) celebrates his goal with the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.
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  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, battles for the puck against Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, battles for the puck against Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.
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  • Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood, back, is tended to during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. Wedgewood stayed in the game.

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood, back, is tended to during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. Wedgewood stayed in the game.
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  • Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.

    Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.
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  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, tries to get the puck past Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, tries to get the puck past Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.
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  • Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, stops the puck against Arizona Coyotes center Derek Stepan (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.

    Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, stops the puck against Arizona Coyotes center Derek Stepan (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.
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  • Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his game-winning goal with right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.

    Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his game-winning goal with right wing T.J. Oshie (77) during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.
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  • Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.

    Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.
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  • Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74), T.J. Oshie (77), Madison Bowey (22), and others celebrate after Carlson's game winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game as Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) skates by at top, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.

    Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74), T.J. Oshie (77), Madison Bowey (22), and others celebrate after Carlson's game winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game as Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) skates by at top, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.
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  • Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) reaches for the puck during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) reaches for the puck during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.
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  • Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.

    Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime.
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  • Arizona Coyotes center Christian Dvorak (18) gets pushed up against the boards by Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.

    Arizona Coyotes center Christian Dvorak (18) gets pushed up against the boards by Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington.
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WASHINGTON -- Finally, the Washington Capitals cashed in on a power play at home and not a moment too soon.

Alex Ovechkin snapped a home power-play drought and John Carlson scored the winner with 45.4 seconds left on the clock in overtime as the Capitals came back to beat the NHL-worst Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Washington hadn't scored on its past 21 home power plays, with the team's hallmark in previous seasons looking like a weakness.

"We just have to manage the puck because we knew exactly what we have to do out there," said Ovechkin, who scored his team-leading 12th goal in the second period. "Sometimes it's working, sometimes it's not. Finally, it's nice to get a goal. It was a big goal for us, as well."

The Capitals went 1 for 6 on the power play against the Coyotes, who were penalized four times for slashing. Washington is 2 for 25 this season at Capital One Arena, but Carlson sees progress.

"I think it's just a matter of sticking to it and seeing some pucks go in and building some momentum that way," said Carlson, who leads all NHL players in ice time at 27:14 per game. "We see the numbers and scoring chances and all that kind of stuff and we watch the film and know what's going on. There's no curtain over our eyes."

Arizona fell to 2-8-1 when scoring first but picked up a point for the third time in five games. Of course, coach Rick Tocchet wasn't happy about the lack of discipline that kept his team from earning its first regulation victory.

"The slashing and hooking, you can't do that against this team," Tocchet said. "It's carelessness. Yeah, there's a couple maybe you could argue, but you can't swing your stick. They're going to call it."

The Capitals will take the two points any way possible, but this wasn't pretty. They fell behind 2-0 as the Coyotes scored on their first two shots: Clayton Keller's rookie-best 11th of the season, then Christian Fischer on a deflection.

Washington scored on a backhand by Devante Smith-Pelly and poured it on against Arizona goalie Scott Wedgewood, who stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced and was one of the best players on the ice.

"He kept us in it," Fischer said. "Credit goes to him. He bailed us out, and he gave us that point."

Carlson gave the Capitals the second point with his first goal of the season on his 50th shot after T.J. Oshie whiffed on his attempt. Washington's de facto No. 1 defenseman with Matt Niskanen out hadn't scored since March 29, which was 16 regular-season games ago.

As happy as he was to see the puck finally go in, Carlson understands everything about the Capitals' game right now is a work in progress.

"We're just kind of finding our way and figuring out what's working for us," he said. "We've got to put a couple of these together. We didn't start like we wanted to, so we've got a lot of work to do. Just keep finding ways to win. That's the name of the game."

NOTES: Ovechkin scored his 216th career power-play goal, one back of Jaromir Jagr and Hall of Famer Mike Gartner for 10th in NHL history. ... Capitals D Madison Bowey left midway through the second period after blocking a shot but returned for the third. ... Coyotes LW Anthony Duclair was a healthy scratch for the fourth time in five games.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night as coach Rick Tocchet faces his former team and gets another Stanley Cup ring.

Capitals: Also on a back-to-back as they visit the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

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