Zetterberg Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Capitals, 3-2

Henrik Zetterberg scored twice Wednesday night, including the game-winning goal, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Brian Rafalski, returning to the lineup after missing eight games with back spasms, assisted on all three goals as the Red Wings ended the Captials' winning streak at nine games.

Zetterberg opened the game's scoring with 7:37 left in the first period, taking a pass from Rafalski and one-timing a shot from the high slot past Washington goalie Michal Neuvirth.

The Caps responded just 33 seconds later, when John Carlson's one-timer from the top of the right faceoff circle went through a screen and past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Valtteri Filppula put the Wings back out in front with 5:15 left in the opening frame, tipping a Rafalski chance from the point past Neuvirth.

Alex Ovechkin knotted the game back up at 5:53 of the second period, snapping a shot from the high slot between the legs of defenseman Brad Stuart to beat Howard.

Zetterberg's game-winner came at 9:57 of the third period. With the Red Wings on a power play, Zetterberg drove to the net along the goal line and lifted a backhander off the side of Neuvirth's mask and into the net.

Detroit finished the night one-for-two on the power play. Washington was scoreless on four tries with the extra attacker.

Howard stopped 26 of 28 shots in the win. Neuvirth made 32 saves on 35 chances.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Thursday as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Notes: Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller were healthy scratches up front for Detroit... Defenseman Ruslan Salei was given the night off to visit his pregnant wife in California... Goaltender Chris Osgood did not return to the lineup as expected, citing soreness after the team's morning skate.

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The Red Wings host the Capitals in a battle of second-place teams with supremely talented Russian forwards tonight.

The story is either Alex Ovechkin vs. Pavel Datsyuk or Jimmy Howard vs. Alex Ovechkin (Howard allowed a hat trick to Ovechkin way back in the 2003 World Junior Championships).

Joey MacDonald will back up Howard, having been brought back from Grand Rapids as Chris Osgood is feeling sore.

Detroit will also be without Ruslan Salei (in California with his pregnant wife), Patrick Eaves (declared healthy but taking a game off after taking yesterday's practice off), and Drew Miller (healthy scratch).

Brian Rafalski returns to the lineup, giving the Wings the chance to give Salei the night off.

The game is on Versus nationally but FSD in Detroit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/16/2011 at 5:04 PM


Fantastic shot by Zata. Hull-like, from one knee.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/16/2011 at 7:57 PM


Jimmy never got set up, forwards too far down in their own zone. What a waste of Zata's goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/16/2011 at 7:59 PM


Fil needed that. Very nice tip.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/16/2011 at 8:04 PM


Looks like we're doing good shot wise.

Listening to game by viasat card on a non-DoD computer.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/16/2011 at 9:39 PM


Wings back in front with another Zata goal. Banked it in off Neuvirth's head. Great shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/16/2011 at 9:40 PM



Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/16/2011 at 9:40 PM


Big save by Jimmy!

Why is Ovie getting booed?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/16/2011 at 9:44 PM


Sounds like the Wings are threatening to go to sleep...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/16/2011 at 9:55 PM


Important pair of points there. Real solid win.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/16/2011 at 10:01 PM


Good job Wings. I have to eat my words from yesterday that I'd thought they'd score 3-4 goals.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/16/2011 at 10:01 PM


Why is Ovie getting booed?

Some Wings fans can be stupid. No reason to boo him.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/16/2011 at 10:01 PM

Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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