Capitals Beat Red Wings, 3-2 in Shootout

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The Washington Capitals beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night at Verizon Center.  The shootout was dominated by the Capitals, with T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring, and Braden Holtby not allowing a Red Wings goal. The Caps take the season series from the Red Wings, two games to one.  With the win. the Capitals regained first place in the Metropolitan Division.

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(Photo: @Billys12)

The starting lines for the Capitals:

Offensive Lines:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Johansson-Kuznetsov-Williams
Chimera-Beagle-Wilson
Laich-Latta-Burakovsky

Defense:
Schmidt-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Chorney

Stanislav Galiev and Aaron Ness were the Capitals healthy scratches for tonight’s game.  Braden Holtby got the start in net for the Capitals – his 200th game for the Caps. Jimmy Howard got the start in net for the Red Wings.

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QUICK TAKES
The Capitals got off to another good start, scoring on their first shift, 43 seconds into the contest. Caps were 1-4 on power plays.  The Capitals outshot the Red Wings 40-23, reversing the recent trend of giving up a lot of shots.  The NHL game summary can be found here:  Detailed player stats for the game can be found here:

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The Capitals jumped to a quick lead, just 43 seconds into the contest on a rebound knock-in by Justin Williams, his 600th career point  of his career.

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The Capitals were the benefactor’s of the games first power play on a slashing call on Niklas Kromwall at the 9:30 mark.  The Caps showed good offensive zone pressure setting up Ovi for two blasts, but ultimately couldn’t find the back of the net.  The Red Wings would tie it up on a nice dish from rookie sensation Dylan Larkin to Henrik Zetteberg at the 15:40 mark.

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The period would end in a 1-1 tie.

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The Red Wings would return the favor and strike quickly at the start of the second period when Tomas Jurco knocked in a rebound at the 3:16 mark of the period.

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The Caps went back on the power play at the 14:46 mark on a tripping call on Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson.  The Caps were able to manage a single flurry but Jimmy Howard made two nice saves, one without his stick.  The second period would end with the Red Wings leading 2-1. The Capitals were out-shooting the Red Wings 28-15 after two periods of play.

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The Capitals would finally tie the game on their 4th power play of the game, on a slap-in by Alex Ovechkin at the 11:51 mark of the final frame.

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Regulation would end in a 2-2 tie.  The Caps led in shots on goal 39-21.

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The Capitals would start with Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzner and Evgeny Kuznetsov for the overtime period.  The extra time would include a power play for both sides, however the period would end scoreless.

In the shootout, T.J. Oshie went first and would beat Jimmy Howard with a seemingly effortless five-hole dish.

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Holtby would stop Gus Nyquist.  Evgeny Kuznetsov would beat Jimmy Howard with a filthy move.

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Braden Holtby would stop the Red Wings last attempt.  Caps win 3-2.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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