Capitals top despite loss

24 December 2017 04:35:14 GMTPlus10

It remains one of the peculiarities of the scoring system in the NHL that a team can pick up a point in a loss and move up in the standings.

Such was the case on Friday as the Washington Capitals fell in overtime to the Arizona Coyotes and as a result took over sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.

T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the visitors, but their strikes were cancelled out by Christian Dvorak and Christian Fischer with Clayton Keller scoring the winner for the Coyotes in the extra frame.

Curiously both games between Arizona and Washington ended 3-2 in overtime this year with the Capitals winning back at the Capital One Center earlier in the campaign.

Washington is straight back into action on Saturday when they play the Vegas Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It's then on to Madison Square Garden in New York to play the Rangers after the Christmas break before the Capitals conclude the calendar year with games against the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils.

Winners of three in a row to move into second place in the Division the Devils welcome in the Chicago Blackhawks to the Prudential Center in Newark in their final game before the break.

New Jersey, 5001.00 to win the Eastern Conference, was forced to a shootout by the Rangers on Thursday before winning 4-3 and will entertain the Detroit Red Wings and the Buffalo Sabres before their show down with the Capitals.

Washington are 4.33 to win the Eastern Conference this season, while they are 7.75 for Stanley Cup glory.

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