Coyotes fall to Capitals as Darcy Kuemper haunts former team

Jan 19, 2023, 10:23 PM
Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) sends the puck past Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy...

Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) sends the puck past Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) as Capitals defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) arrives to help during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. The Capitals won 4-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 27 shots and Dylan Strome scored twice to lead the Washington Capitals over the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 Thursday night.

Sonny Milano and Tom Wilson each had a goal for the Capitals, who have won nine of their last 10 road games.

Arizona has dropped 10 of 11 overall. The Coyotes halted a nine-game losing streak by beating Detroit on Tuesday.

Kuemper, who played for the Coyotes from 2017-21, improved to 6-1-3 against his former team.

Strome, also a former Coyotes player, opened the scoring 3:10 in by beating Karel Vejmelka from close range. Dmitry Orlov and Nick Jensen assisted on the goal.

It was a long wait until Milano scored on a feed from Wilson at 17:32 of the second period. Shortly after that, Arizona’s Nick Bjugstad was penalized for tripping and Washington made the Coyotes pay.

Wilson was credited with the goal, originally given to Orlov. Evgeny Kuznetsov also assisted at 18:41.

Strome, just out of the penalty box, made it 4-0 with assists from Kuznetsov and Orlov at 8:41.

Vejemlka stopped 29 shots.

Arizona won the previous meeting this season, 3-2 on Nov. 5 in Washington.


Each team successfully challenged a goal.

Lars Eller appeared to score for the Capitals just after a hooking penalty to the Coyotes’ Michael Carcone expired, but Arizona challenged the play and Eller was ruled to have interfered with the goaltender.

During a power play to open the third period, a shot from Shayne Gostisbehere beat Kuemper, but Washington got a reversal because Arizona was ruled offside before the goal.


Arizona’s Lawson Crouse, the team’s top scorer with 16 goals, sat out with an upper-body injury.


Coyotes: At the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

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