Andre Burakovsky scored late in the third period, Pheonix Copley stopped 27 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night.

Jakub Vrana scored his third goal in two games and Matt Niskanen had one on his birthday for the Capitals, who ended Arizona’s four-game winning streak. Burakovsky, moved up to the top line due to Tom Wilson’s injury, scored the game-winner on a shot that caromed in off Adin Hill’s blocker with 4:42 left.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin added an empty-net goal and became the fastest player in NHL history — ninth overall — with 5,000 career shots, reaching the mark in 1,031 career games. Marcel Dionne was the previous fastest at 1,215 games.

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Nic Dowd (26), Dmitrij Jaskin (23) and Dmitry Orlov as Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe (29) skates away during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Nic Dowd (26), Dmitrij Jaskin (23) and Dmitry Orlov as Coyotes right wing Mario Kempe (29) skates away during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse scored for Arizona, which lost for the first time since acquiring Nick Schmaltz in a trade with Chicago.

Hill stopped 26 shots and allowed one more goal than he had while opening his Coyotes career with four straight wins.

Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) makes a save on a shot against the Arizona Coyotes as Capitals center Travis Boyd (72) watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) makes a save on a shot against the Arizona Coyotes as Capitals center Travis Boyd (72) watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Coyotes jumped on Washington early when Fischer, who earlier limped off after blocking a shot, one-timed a pass from Derek Stepan from the right circle.

Arizona squandered an opportunity early in the second period when Richard Panik missed the net on a penalty shot.

The Capitals ratcheted up the pressure from there, tying it on Vrana’s wrist shot from between the circles that beat Hill to the glove side.

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) gives up a goal to Washington Capitals' Matt Niskanen as Coyotes center Nick Cousins (25) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) gives up a goal to Washington Capitals’ Matt Niskanen as Coyotes center Nick Cousins (25) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The momentum didn’t last.

Crouse tied it 90 seconds later, gathering a loose puck between the circles, sliding to his left and beating Copley to the stick side.

Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Niskanen tied it late in the period on a shot that caromed off Arizona defenseman Jacob Chychrun past Hill.

The Capitals got their turn for a penalty shot next and they also failed when Vrana couldn’t find an opening against Hill.

NOTES: Wilson did not play due to a concussion sustained Tuesday against Vegas. … Arizona lost for the third time in 15 games (11-3-1) when scoring first. … Niskanen turned 32.

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) makes a save on a deflection from Washington Capitals center Chandler Stephenson (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) makes a save on a deflection from Washington Capitals center Chandler Stephenson (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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The Capitals play at Columbus on Saturday.

Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd (72) and center Nic Dowd, left, collide during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd (72) and center Nic Dowd, left, collide during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Coyotes host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

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Source: The Associated Press