NHL Game Summary - Washington at Detroit|
(Monday, March 19th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin netted two of Washington's three
first-period goals and the Capitals continued their playoff push while
furthering Detroit's slide with a 5-3 win at Joe Louis Arena.
Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera registered a goal and an assist for the
Capitals, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the fifth time in
With the win, Washington remained two points ahead of Buffalo for eighth place
in the Eastern Conference standings. The Capitals also closed to within three
points of first-place Florida in the Southeast Division.
Braden Holtby made 30 saves in his second start of the season with Washington.
Kyle Quincey, Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary lit the lamp for Detroit, which
returned home following an 0-3-1 road trip. The Red Wings have dropped seven
of eight overall and remained tied with Nashville for fourth in the West.
Jimmy Howard stopped 17 shots.
Down 4-1, Bertuzzi struck 36 seconds into the third period, sweeping in a
loose puck in front of Holtby before the goalie was able to get his oversized
glove on it.
Cleary made it a one-goal game at 12:52 after Washington failed to clear the
puck from its zone.
The Red Wings had a chance to tie it on a power play as Knuble tripped
defenseman Niklas Kronwall with 3:15 remaining. However, Detroit's Henrik
Zetterberg committed a holding penalty one minute later, and Chimera supplied
an empty-net goal with 21 seconds to play.
"We held on at the end and the guys played good defensive hockey at the end to
seal the win," said Washington head coach Dale Hunter.
The first period featured a pair of Ovechkin power-play goals sandwiched
around Knuble's tally.
Ovechkin opened the scoring by one-timing a pass from Marcus Johansson behind
Howard 7:48 into the contest.
The second Washington goal came as the result of a turnover. Detroit rookie
Brendan Smith had trouble handling the puck just inside his own blue line and
wound up losing it to the Capitals' Mathieu Perreault. Chimera gathered a feed
from Perreault and dished the puck to Knuble, who was alone in the slot and
beat Howard at 11:25.
Detroit appeared to get on the board with 6:56 remaining, but the goal was
wiped out and Washington was awarded a power play because Tomas Holmstrom had
driven a Capitals player into Holtby, resulting in an interference penalty.
Ovechkin buried his 32nd goal of the season on the ensuing man advantage.
"I didn't think there was a ton of chances for either team early in the
game. They capitalized on their power play," said Detroit head coach
The Red Wings broke the shutout at the 5:15 mark of the second period, as
Quincey's slap shot from the right point produced Detroit's first power-play
goal since February 28 at Columbus. The team had been mired in an 0-for-31
slump with the extra skater.
Later in the middle frame, Washington regained its three-goal lead. Keith
Aucoin took a feed from Alexander Semin, spun around and beat Howard high to
the glove side on a shot from the slot with 2:36 left.
Washington had lost three straight in Detroit. Monday's win was the Capitals'
first in the Motor City since November 24, 2003...Semin had two assists, the
second of which was his 400th career point...Johansson and Smith also
collected a pair of helpers...Detroit's Darren Helm will be sidelined 4-to-6
weeks with a sprained left knee...Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler played in his
400th career game, while teammate Justin Abdelkader appeared in his
200th...The Capitals posted a 7-1 win over visiting Detroit on October 22.
03/19 23:16:08 ET