NHL Game Summary - Washington at Detroit|
(Saturday, October 10th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Washington 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Tomas Holmstrom scored the go-ahead goal on the
power play with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period,
lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
Ville Leino and Jason Williams also lit the lamp for the defending Western
Conference champions, while Valtteri Filppula contributed a pair of assists.
Chris Osgood made 22 saves in the win, Detroit's second straight after
starting the season with consecutive defeats against the Blues.
"Obviously we played real well, that was our best game by far this year,"
said Osgood. "We played really smart with the puck on both ends and that's how
we're going to have to win these games. We had a lot of guys step in and play
Jose Theodore made 34 saves for the Capitals, who lost their third straight
contest. Brendan Morrison and Matt Bradley had the goals for Washington.
"We worked really hard, but took a couple of penalties that cost us," said
Theodore. "They have a good power play. It was a tight hockey game and it
could have gone either way."
Mike Green's hooking penalty was a costly one for the Caps as it led to
Holmstrom's winning tally. Pavel Datsyuk fed a cross-ice pass to Holmstrom,
whose blast from the right circle went under the crossbar on the far side of
The Capitals pulled Theodore from the net for an extra attacker in the last
minute, but Osgood came up with a key save of a Green shot in the final
Bradley scored on a blast from the left circle nearly four minutes into the
game, but Leino evened the contest at the 15:49 mark of the opening period by
poking a loose puck in front past Theodore.
The Red Wings took advantage of an Alexander Semin interference call and
scored on the power play with 3:34 left in the second. Williams was the
beneficiary as he let go a successful shot from above the right circle.
Nicklas Lidstrom's hooking penalty led to Morrison's power play goal 1:25 into
the final period as his shot from the high slot went through a maze of players
and past Osgood.
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during
Thursday night's game against Chicago and will miss a minimum of four
months...This was Washington's third road game of the season, all against
teams that posted at least 99 points last year...Detroit has won seven of the
last nine meetings.
10/10 23:13:48 ET