The Coyotes didn’t have any trouble against Washington’s penalty kill early, scoring 22 seconds into their first chance with the man advantage midway through the first period.
Doan got it, gathering a rebound off a shot by Keith Yandle and flipping a wrister past Michal Neuvirth.
The Coyotes got themselves in trouble after that with a march to the penalty box.
Phoenix killed off the first two penalties, but Brouwer scored 38 seconds into the second period when he was left alone at Phoenix’s blue line and beat Smith with a hard shot from the right circle.
Jordan Szwarz went into the box three minutes later for high-sticking and Washington needed 19 seconds to capitalize, going up 2-1 on a shot from the slot by Carlson after some quick passing.
A carousel to the penalty box followed, including six straight power play minutes for Phoenix and the call against Smith, who played the puck across the red line as he was skating off for an extra attacker.
Once the chaos ended, Ward put the Capitals up 3-1 with a one-timer from along the goal line after the puck squirted his direction.
Washington appeared to be in control, but Korpikoski scored on a backhander as he was falling to the ice and Doan scored for the seventh time in eight games with a wrister after Caps rookie Nate Schmidt was called for delay of game for sending the puck over the glass from his own end.
“Too many penalties just in general,” Oates said. “You know it’s going come back and bite you and it did.”