Ex-Coyotes Strome, Kuemper lead Capitals past Arizona 4-0

Jan 19, 2023, 6:50 AM | Updated: 9:32 pm
Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper makes a save against the Arizona Coyotes during the fi...

Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper makes a save against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

              Washington Capitals defenseman Martin Fehervary (42) takes the puck from Arizona Coyotes center Travis Boyd, bottom, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) passes the puck as he is hit by Arizona Coyotes center Travis Boyd, second from right, as Coyotes defenseman Juuso Valimaki (4) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson (90) skates past Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Carcone (53) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) tries to shoot as Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) and Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, left, protect the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Eller was called for goalie interference on the play. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, right, smiles as he celebrates a win over the Arizona Coyotes with goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) for a shutout as time expires in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) gives up a goal to Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson (not shown) as Capitals center Dylan Strome (17) and Coyotes defenseman Patrik Nemeth (2) look on during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington Capitals center Dylan Strome smiles as he celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper makes a save against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (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.

“I really enjoyed my time here and I like coming back,” Kuemper said. “A lot of good memories.”

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.

“We had a tough loss last game so it’s nice to come on the road and win, and against your old team it’s a little bit of a bonus,” Strome said.

After the early 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 of the third as the Capitals won the opener of a three-game swing out West that includes visits to Vegas and Colorado.

“You’ve got to respect them, they’re working hard,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said of the Coyotes. “The start of a trip, it’s always important to get off on the right foot.”

Vejmelka stopped 29 shots.

“We played a good team. They didn’t give us a lot of room,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “Give a lot of credit to them.

“We need to find a way. There’s not a lack of desire, but for whatever reason we’re not as emotionally intense.”

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

OVERTURNED

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.

“We got into some penalties (in the third period). They’ve got a good power-play unit, but we did a good job and kept them at bay,” Kuemper said.

SIDELINED

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

UP NEXT

Capitals: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

Coyotes: At the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

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