Capitals rally to top Coyotes 3-2 with three-goal third

Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) scores as Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) and teammate Zbynek Michalek (4) watch the puck go into the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Troy Brouwer scored a power-play goal off a rebound to cap a rally from a two-goal deficit in the third period as the Washington Capitals beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night.

After failing to score in the first 49 minutes against Mike Smith (30 saves), Washington tallied three times in a span of 5 minutes, 2 seconds. Carl Alzner started the surge with a goal at the 9:45 mark. Just 32 seconds later, Brooks Laich tied it on a feed from Jason Chimera.

It was a successful Washington debut for goalie Jaroslav Halak, who made 31 saves. Halak, acquired from the Buffalo Sabers in a deadline deal on Wednesday, helped Washington snap its three-game losing streak.

Brandon McMillan and Radim Vrbata scored for Phoenix, with Keith Yandle assisting on both.