Capitals Fall to Red Wings, 3-2 in Shootout

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The Capitals fell to the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Joe Lewis Arena. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 39-11-7 (85 points). The Capitals are now en route to New York City for their tilt against the Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is 12:30PM. 

caps-at-wingsBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Petr Mrazek got the start in net for the Red Wings.

Zach Sanford got the start in place of the injured Andre Burakovsky, who missed his second consecutive game due to a hand injury.

Taylor Chorney and Jakub Vrana were the healthy scratch for the Capitals.

This was the first game back following the Capitals’ bye week.


  • The Capitals yielded the first two goals of the game.
  • Zach Sanford scored his second NHL goal. Sanford had 0 goals in his first 20 games and 2 goals in the last 2 games.
  • The Capitals were 0 of 5 on the power play.
  • This was the Capitals last regular season game at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings would strike first on a power play goal by Frans Nielsen at 8:13 of the opening frame.


The first period would end with the Red Wings leading 1-0. Shots on goal were tied 10-10 for the opening frame.

The Red Wings would stretch their lead to 2-0 on a nice give-and-go goal by Tomas Tatar at the 3:33 mark of the middle frame.


Zach Sanford would cut the lead in half with his second career NHL tally at 18:36 of the second period, making it 2-1.

The second period would end with the Red Wings leading 2-1. The Capitals led in shots on goal 21-15 after two periods of play. Washington outshot Detroit 11-5 for the second period.

The Capitals would tie it on a goal by Daniel Winnik at the 15:12 mark of the final frame.


The third period would end with the game tied 2-2. The Capitals outshot the Red Wings 11-7 for the final frame, and 32-22 in regulation.

The overtime period would go scoreless, sending the game to a shootout. The Red Wings would win it in the shootout.


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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