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 real well."
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 Theodore.
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 seconds.
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.
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