Caps rally from behind to down Detroit in Shootout
The Washington Capitals rallied from a 3-1 deficit in Detroit to down the Red Wings in the shootout, 4-3. After Braden Holtby shutout the Red Wings in the shootout, Nicklas Backstrom won it for the Caps on the third shootout shot.
Brooks Laich scored his first goal in 11 games a little over five minutes ingot he game to give the Capitals and early 1-0 lead. Laich’s third goal of the season was assisted by Steve Oleksy as he buried home a rebound from his own shot left by Detroit net minder Jimmy Howard. Johan Franzen ended the first period with two goals on Caps’ goalie Braden Holtby. Franzen’s goals were just a little over two minutes apart. His first tally came on the Detroit power play resulting from a Tom Wilson penalty. His second marker came with a lick shot to the right of Holtby, snuck in from a side shot. Red Wings took a 2-1 lead into the first period intermission after out shooting Washington 13-11.
Danny DeKeyser put the Red Wings upon the Caps 3-1 with the second periods only goal. The Wings out shot the Caps 12-7 in the second period.
The third period was all Washington. Alex Ovechkin scored his 15th goal of the season to lower the deficit to just 1 goal. Marcus Johansson and Backstrom added helpers on the Ovi goal. Washington would tie the game up at the 11:54 mark of the final period when Michael Latta scored on a Howard rebound. Latta’s game tying goal was the first NHL goal of his career.
After a scoreless over time, Holtby stopped Pavel Datysuk, Johan Franzen, and Todd Bertuzzi to shutout the Wings on the shootout. Howard stopped Mikhail Grabovski and Alexander Ovechkin, but failed to Backstrom, as he delivered the game winner.
John Carlson has notched a point in THREE consecutive games. Carlson also has a THREE game assists streak.
Alex Ovechkin has scored a point in THREE straight games.