Ovechkin scores for Capitals in shutout, Coyotes lose eighth in row

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WASHINGTON Alex Ovechkin extended his season-opening point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist for the Washington Capitals in a 2-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Capital One Arena on Friday.

Ovechkin scored NHL goal No. 739 into an empty net with 21 seconds remaining. He had an assist on John Carlson‘s third-period power-play goal to tie the Washington point-streak record he set as a rookie in 2005-06 and Alexander Semin matched in 2006-07.

Ovechkin has scored 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in eight games and is two goals from tying Brett Hull for fourth in NHL history.

Ilya Samsonov made 16 saves for the Capitals (5-0-3), whose season-opening point streak is the second longest in their history (6-0-3 last season). It was Samsonov’s fourth NHL shutout.

Karel Vejmelka made 30 saves for the Coyotes (0-7-1).

With Samsonov sprawled to his right after making a save, Capitals defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk blocked Christian Fischer‘s shot from the slot with his skate at 5:55 of the third period.

Carlson made it 1-0 when he scored on a wrist shot from above the right circles at 12:02.

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