Nicklas Backstrom broke a tie early in the third period and assisted on the eventual game-winner as the Washington Capitals halted a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 win over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
With the score knotted 2-2 through 40 minutes, Backstrom gave Washington its first lead with some hard work less than two minutes into the third. The veteran forward fought his way to the front of the net, where he whacked a rebound of a Joel Ward shot past Phoenix netminder Jason LaBarbera.
Brooks Laich made it 4-2 at the seven-minute mark on a pass from Backstrom with Washington enjoying a two-man advantage, but Lauri Korpikoski made things interesting for the Coyotes with his second of the night at 11:28.
Phoenix pressed for the equalizer but couldn't convert as Washington ended a week-long skid that saw the club get outscored 17-5.
Radim Vrbata opened the scoring at 4:33 with the Coyotes shorthanded, capitalizing on a John Carlson turnover by deking out Washington netminder Tomas Vokoun and sliding the puck into the open net.
Korpikoski extended the lead with a penalty-shot goal 7:34 into the middle period after he was hooked from behind by Dennis Wideman on a breakaway.
Carlson atoned for his earlier gaffe by drawing Washington within one, blasting a shot from the point that got past LaBarbera. That seemed to spark the Capitals, who evened the score just over three minutes later on Cody Eakin's second goal of the season.