National Hockey League

Andre Burakovsky's third-period goal lifts Capitals past Coyotes


December 7 at 12:07 AMGLENDALE, Ariz. — After each game, Andre Burakovsky rates his own play, and while scoring might have been the way he measured success a year ago, that’s not the only thing he concerns himself with anymore.


His production has been uninspiring this season, especially by his past standards, but Burakovsky has tried to focus more on his total game, and that’s where he’s been most encouraged of late.


But with Burakovsky promoted to the Capitals’ top line for Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, he was unhappy with his play.


That decision was rewarded with 4:42 left in the third period, when Burakovsky flashed the offensive skill that’s been missing at times this season.


The Capitals haven’t had their full roster available all season, and their depleted lineup took another hit going into Thursday night’s game with forward Tom Wilson ruled out because of a concussion .


Wilson was suspended the first 16 games of the season, and his return to Washington’s top line helped lift the team back atop the Metropolitan Division standings.






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