The Washington Capitals fell to the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 3-2 in overtime at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night but extended their season-opening point-streak to seven games (4-0-3). Goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 22 saves in the loss.
Capitals’ Lines vs. Red Wings
Center Nic Dowd returned after missing Monday’s 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators with a lower-body injury while right-wing Daniel Sprong came out, returning to his normal spot Right-wing T.J. Oshie bumped up a line while Connor McMichael shifted to center.
Left-wing Anthony Mantha, who faced his former team for the first time since the Capitals acquired him from the Red Wings on April 12, swapped to the right wing of Lars Eller. Center Nicklas Backstrom missed his seventh straight game with a hip injury.
Left-wing Alex Ovechkin followed up his own rebound down low on the power-play from his knees after Eller fed him from the goal line on the right side and goaltender Thomas Greiss thwarted his first shot with the left pad to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead with 54.1 seconds left. It marked Ovechkin’s eighth goal in seven games this season.
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The Capitals led 13-7 in shots, 2-1 in blocked shots, 4-3 in hits, and scored on their lone man advantage of the period.
The Red Wings led 4-3 in takeaways, did not score on two power play opportunities, and won 53% of the faceoffs in the first.
Neither team had a giveaway through 20 minutes.
After losing a draw, left-wing Conor Sheary knocked the puck down with his stick and center Evgeny Kuznetsov ripped the loose biscuit past the blocker of Greiss to extend the Capitals’ lead to 2-0 four minutes into the period.
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Red Wings left-wing Adam Erne tapped one into a wide open net after defenseman Filip Hronek pinched all the way down low and fed him through the crease to cut the Capitals’ lead in half at 9:17.
The Capitals led 17-14 in shots, 4-3 in blocked shots, and scored both of their goals through two periods on the power play (out of three chances).
The Red Wings led 7-4 in second-period shots, 7-6 in hits, 7-3 in takeaways, gave the puck away three times while the Capitals did so four, won 55% of the draws, and were held scoreless on two opportunities on the man advantage through 40 minutes.
Left-wing Robby Fabbri tapped in a rebound after Vanecek stopped Erne’s shot from the slot with his blocker at the side of the goal to tie it 2:03 into the final frame.
The Capitals led 27-24 in shots, 11-7 in blocked shots, and scored both of their goals on the power play (out of four chances).
The Red Wings led 12-10 in hits, 9-5 in takeaways, gave the puck away three times while the Capitals did so six, won 56% of the draws, and were held scoreless on two opportunities on the man advantage.
Each team posted 10 third period shots.
Center Dylan Larkin toe-dragged after getting the feed from left-winger Lucas Raymond and wristed one past the blocker of Vanecek to win it for the Red Wings 1:37 into the extra session.
Shots were one apiece in overtime and the Capitals had a 28-25 advantage for the game.
Next game: Friday vs. Arizona Coyotes (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington)
By Harrison Brown