Caps Clip Wings 6-3

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The Capitals beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 Thursday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 38-11-6 (82 points). The Capitals next play host to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Puck drop is 7:00PM. 

red-wings-at-capitals-linesBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Caps. In his last 14 starts, Holtby is 12-0-0 with four shutouts, a 1.78 GAA and a .935 save pct.

Petr Mrazek got the start for the Red Wings.

Taylor Chorney and Zach Sanford were the healthy scratches for the Capitals.

This was the 345th consecutive sellout for the Capitals at Verizon Center.


  • The Capitals have scored the game’s first goal in 17 of last 19 games.
  • Brett Connolly (41 GP) scored his 12th goal of the season, tying his career high (2014-15, 55 GP).
  • T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist.
  • Andre Buakovsky was injured in the first period when he blocked a shot with his wrist, and did not return to the game.
  • The Caps have scored five or more goals in a game for the 10th straight home game.
  • The Capitals are the 2nd team in NHL history to score 5+ goals in 10 straight home games, joining the 1970-71 Bruins (11).
  • The Capitals improve their home winning streak to 11 games.
  • Ovechkin 0 shots in the game for only 7th time in his career.

The Capitals would light the lamp first as Marcus Johansson knocked home a rebound at 5:57 of the opening frame.


Detroit would quickly tie things back up at 13:30 of the first period on a nifty deke and shot by Andreas Athanasiou. It was the Red Wings second shot on goal for the game.


Andreas Athanasiou would notch a power play goal at 16:23 to give the Wings a 2-1 lead.


Brett Connolly would tie the game on a beautiful shot from the left side at 18:30 of the opening frame.


The period would end with the game tied 2-2. The Capitals outshot Detroit 13-6 for the first period.

Andre Burakovsky, who took a shot off the hand in the first period did not return for the remainder of the game. T.J. Oshie would grab the lead for the Capitals at 1:16 of the middle frame.


The second period would end with the Caps leading 3-2. Washington outshot Detroit 12-6 for the middle frame.

The Red Wings would tie the game early in the final frame on a backhander by Henrik Zetterberg at the 1:25 mark of the third period.


John Carlson would grab the lead back for the Caps on a blast from the point at 4:15 of the third period.


T.J. Oshie would make it 5-3 on a power play blast from the right dot at 14:18 of the final frame.


Nicklas Backstrom would make it a perfect half-dozen with an empty net goal at 18:28 of the third period. And that would be the final, as the Caps won 6-3.


By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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