Washington at Detroit

Holmstrom's power-play goal lifts Red Wings over Capitals

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DETROIT -- When you hold Alexander Ovechkin's line to one assist, you have a pretty good chance of beating the Washington Capitals.

Thomas Holmstrom broke a tie with a power-play goal with 6:53 left in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Washington on Saturday.

Ville Leino and Jason Williams also scored for Detroit, Valtteri Filppula had two assists, and Chris Osgood made 21 saves.

"Our back-checking was awesome tonight, especially against a team that has so many snipers," Osgood said.

Matt Bradley and Brendan Morrison scored for Washington, and Jose Theodore stopped 34 shots.

"We played a heck of a game tonight and we took two dumb penalties and it cost us," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said.

With Mike Green in the penalty box for hooking, Holmstrom fired a shot from the right circle past Theodore after taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk.

"I was coming in on the right side, Pavel got the puck on the left side and I pretty much knew the pass was going to come," Holmstrom said. "I just tried to get in good position and I put it high up."

Detroit held Washington's big line of two-time defending Hart Trophy winner Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin to an assist by Ovechkin, who also had nine shots and 10 hits. The line has already combined for 29 points in the Capitals' first five games. With Johan Franzen out for four months after tearing his left ACL on Thursday night against Chicago, Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock put together a line of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi and matched it against Ovechkin's line. That made it necessary for the Washington trio to also expend energy playing defense.

"The more they play defense, the more they're going to be tired out for the offensive zone," Bertuzzi said. "That's what we tried to do, keep the puck in their zone."

Detroit also outshot Washington 11-4 in the third period.

"They're the best team in the league for the last five seasons for a reason," Capitals' defenseman Brian Pothier said. "They know when to play passive and when to play aggressive."

Morrison's power-play goal tied it for the Capitals 1:25 into the third period. He beat Osgood with a snap shot from the high slot. On the previous rush, Detroit's Patrick Eaves knocked Washington's net off its magnets, but play wasn't called.

"I'm not sure what the rule is," Eaves said. "Everyone thought it [play] would be called."

Williams' power-play goal with 3:34 left in the second period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead. He beat Theodore with a slap shot from just above the right circle.

The game was tied at 1 after the first period.

Bradley opened the scoring at 3:58 when his shot from along the boards at the left circle went through Osgood. Leino tied it with 4:11 left in the opening period when he put one in off a goalmouth scramble.


  • It is the third season in a row that Franzen has injured a knee in October against the Blackhawks. The Red Wings recalled C Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids to replace Franzen on the roster.
  • Backstrom is the first NHL player in three years to have 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in his team's first four games.
  • Ovechkin and Datsyuk are good friends and the two-time defending Selke Trophy winner as the NHL's best defensive forward shadowed Ovechkin.
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Washington's Shaone Morrisonn gets into a bit of a shoving match with Justin Abdelkader. (Getty Images)
Washington's Shaone Morrisonn gets into a bit of a shoving match with Justin Abdelkader. (Getty Images)
Washington (2-2-1)1012
Detroit  (2-2-0) «1113
Three Stars
V. Filppula

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
A. Ovechkin

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
P. Datsyuk

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
03:58Matt Bradley (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Poti, Gordon
15:49Ville Leino (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Cleary, Filppula
16:26Power Play - Jason Williams (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Kronwall, Filppula
01:25Power Play - Brendan Morrison (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ovechkin
13:07Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Datsyuk, Rafalski
Penalty Summary
11:05Clark, 2 min, Tripping
13:31Green, 2 min, Holding
19:01Kronwall, 2 min, Hooking
08:39Semin, 2 min, Slashing
15:01Semin, 2 min, Interference
19:46Lidstrom, 2 min, Hooking
02:39Meech, 2 min, Boarding
12:23Green, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Jose Theodore58:53343
Chris Osgood59:56222
Game Information
Attendance - 19122
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Jean Morin
Other Games
NJ 3 Final
Fla 2
Colu 2 Final
Pho 0
Buf 1 Final
Nash 0
NYI 3 Final
Bos 4
Ana 3 Final
Phi 2
LA 2 Final
StL 1
Atl 2 Final
Ott 4
Mon 2 Final
Edm 3
Min 2 Final
SJ 4
Car 2 Final
TB 5
Pitt 5 Final
Tor 2
Colo 3 Final
Chi 4