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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Washington

(Monday, January 1st)

Final Score: Phoenix 3, Washington 2

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Owen Nolan posted a goal and an assist and Mikael Tellqvist made 30 saves to lead the surging Phoenix Coyotes past Washington, 3-2.

Tellqvist turned aside all nine shots he faced in the third period, while Keith Ballard and Shane Doan also scored for the Coyotes, who have won three in a row and four of their last five games.

Brian Pothier and Brian Sutherby each scored and Olaf Kolzig made 24 saves for the slumping Capitals, who have dropped five straight.

The Coyotes got all three of their goals in the first period to grab a 3-1 lead.

Phoenix drew first blood just 2:02 into the game when Yanic Perreault found a streaking Nolan on the door step for the power-play goal.

Pothier answered with a power-play marker for the Capitals before Ballard's goal with 3:04 left in the period to put the Coyotes back in front.

Then, with just 15 seconds left in the first and Phoenix on the power play, Doan skated right into the Washington zone before beating Kolzig with a wrist shot from the slot.

Sutherby capitalized on a 2-on-1 break at the 11:22 mark of the second period to make it a one-goal game. However, Washington was unable to net the equalizer as Phoenix held on for the victory.

The win marked the start of a five-game road trip for the Coyotes, who are just 5-12-1 as the visitor this season.

Game Notes

Perreault finished with two assists for the Coyotes...Monday's game was the first and only meeting between Phoenix and Washington this season...The Coyotes went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Capitals went 1-for-7.

01/01 17:02:02 ET

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