Red Wings’ Fall in Shootout to Capitals

Tomas Jurco scored his first goal of the season and Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 38 of 40 shots but it wasn’t enough for the Red Wings, as they dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

The Red Wings blew yet another third period lead en route to the loss, as Alexander Ovechkin banged home a loose puck at the edge of the crease on the power play with 9:09 left in the third to tie the game, 2-2. The Red Wings challenged the goal, claiming that T.J. Oshie interfered with Howard while crashing the net, but the call on the ice stood.

Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov would go on to score in the shootout while neither Gustav Nyquist nor Pavel Datsyuk could beat Washington’s Braden Holtby.

The Capitals had opened the game’s scoring just 43 seconds into the game. After a Detroit turnover in their own end, Kuznetsov got a shot off that Howard stopped but Justin Williams dove to poke the rebound past Howard, off the post, and in.

With 4:20 left in the period, Henrik Zetterberg tied things up. Off a faceoff win in the Capitals’ end, Dylan Larkin controlled the puck on the right wing boards and threaded a pass through traffic to Zetterberg for a tip-in from the slot.

Jurco gave the Red Wings the lead at 3:16 of the second period. Off a dump in, Joakim Andersson won a battle for the puck behind the net and sent it out front to Jurco all alone to make a quick move and lift a shot past Holtby.

Holtby finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots.

Ovechkin’s tally was the only power play marker of the game. Washington had five chances with the extra attacker to Detroit’s one.

The Red Wings will return to action on Thursday when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

Andersson’s assist on Jurco’s goal was his first point of the season. Every skater who has appeared in a game for the Red Wings this year now has at least one point.

Athanasiou’s First Lifts Red Wings over Capitals

Andreas Athanasiou‘s first career goal was the only one of the game on Tuesday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals.

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek stopped all 38 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season.

Athanasiou’s tally came 4:06 into the third period when the rookie, playing in just his second career game, carried the puck end-to-end down the left wing and snapped a no-angle shot through Washington goalie Braden Holtby and into the net.

The Red Wings would hold off a frantic finish by the Capitals, who took 17 third-period shots.

Sniper Alexander Ovechkin took 15 shots on the night. His next goal will move him past former Red Wing and Capital Sergei Fedorov for most goals by a Russian-born player. Fedorov himself was in attendance, having been honored before the game for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

It looked as though the Red Wings may have taken a 1-0 lead early in the first period. The “war room” in Toronto instigated video review of a play where Holtby seemingly gloved the puck out of the net unnoticed by anyone on the ice. Replay showed Holtby’s glove clearly in the net but with the position of the puck unable to be determined, the call on the ice stood.

Holtby finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Detroit getting one chance with the extra attacker to Washington’s three.

The Red Wings return to action on Friday when they host the San Jose Sharks. Injured forward Pavel Datsyuk could return for that game.

Red Wings Fall to Capitals, 2-1

With their playoff lives in the balance, the Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Washington Capitals on Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit entered the day in a three-way tie with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins – all with 95 points in the standings – but holding a game in hand.

The Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the game’s scoring just 3:38 in on a power play. Kuznetsov’s shot from the right wing deflected off of Drew Miller and went over goalie Petr Mrazek‘s shoulder.

Mike Green made it 2-0 at 4:42 of the second period with another shot from the right side that deflected and went off Mrazek’s glove before hitting the back of the net.

Darren Helm got Detroit back in it with 7:01 left in the middle frame, tipping a pass from Pavel Datsyuk past Braden Holtby while on the power play.

Even with a furious finish, the Red Wings were unable to pull even.

Holtby finished the night with 35 saves on 36 shots. Mrazek stopped 26 of the 28 chances he faced.

The Red Wings close out their home schedule on Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

Detroit was without forwards Justin Abdelkader, Tomas Jurco, and Erik Cole, all injured… Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch on defense.

Red Wings Lose Howard in Loss to Capitals

The Detroit Red Wings lost the game and their starting goalie on Saturday night.

Jimmy Howard, just an hour removed from being named to play in the NHL’s All-Star Game, injured his groin on Washington’s first goal, just 1:53 into the game.

With the Capitals on a power play, Mike Green dumped the puck into the Detroit end. Howard came out to play it behind the net and left it there, while defenseman Danny DeKeyser seemed to think he was going to pass it out. With DeKeyser slowed up, Troy Brouwer raced in and grabbed it for a wraparound attempt. Howard couldn’t get back fast enough and was seemingly injured doing an awkward split in a failed attempt to stop Brouwer’s chance.

Petr Mrazek would replace Howard in net and make it almost twenty minutes before allowing his first goal against.

At 1:35 of the second period, the Caps gained the Red Wings’ zone on a three-on-three break. Andre Burakovsky dropped the puck off to late-man John Carlson for a blast from the high slot past Mrazek to make it 2-0.

Joel Ward made it 3-0 with 8:21 left in the middle frame. His initial chance from the right faceoff circle was blocked by DeKeyser but Ward stuck with it and swatted a shot from the slot past Mrazek for what would be Washington’s last goal of the game.

Detroit broke Braden Holtby‘s shutout with twelve seconds left in the period but would be unable to get more. Jonathan Ericsson‘s shot from the blue line deflected through traffic and past Holtby for the game’s final goal.

Holtby finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots. Howard made two saves on three shots before his injury, after which Mrazek stopped 12 of 14.

Each team had two power play chances on the night, with Washington scoring once and Detroit held scoreless.

The Red Wings will play the fifth game of their six-game road trip on Tuesday in Buffalo.

Teemu Pulkkinen made his season debut for the Red Wings, called up to replace the injured Johan FranzenTomas Jurco missed the game with a back injury… Daniel Cleary and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches… Howard will be re-evaluated in Detroit on Sunday.

Three-goal Third Lifts Red Wings Over Capitals

Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader scored two third-period goals and star Pavel Datsyuk added a third Wednesday night, as the Red Wings rallied for a 4-2 win over the host Washington Capitals.

With the Red Wings trailing 2-1, Abdelkader knocked the puck off Washington defender Andre Burakovsky’s stick in the slot, then snapped a shot past goalie Braden Holtby, tying things up at 4:04 of the final frame.

Abdelkader would make it 3-2 with 9:26 left in regulation. Datsyuk gained the Capitals’ zone alone and drew four defenders to him, then dropped the puck off to a rushing Abdelkader for a one-timer from the top of the right faceoff circle past Holtby.

Datsyuk would thread a shot through traffic and by Holtby from the right wing in the game’s closing minute, a power play goal.

The Capitals thought they had pulled to within one in the final seconds but the goal was waived off for goalie interference.

Similarly, the Red Wings thought they had opened the game’s scoring early in the first period when they had a goal called back for goalie interference on Luke Glendening. Video review showed, however, that Holtby fell on his own.

The first goal of the game that counted came at 8:56 of the second. Marcus Johansson overskated the puck attempting to clear his own zone and Abdelkader pounced on it, working it on to Gustav Nyquist all alone in front of Holtby. Holtby made the initial save but Nyquist batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net.

With 6:41 remaining in the second the Capitals took advantage of a bad line change by the Red Wings. Holtby sent a long pass to Joel Ward who sprung Evgeny Kuznetsov in all alone to beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and make it 1-1.

Troy Brouwer put the Caps out in front with 58 seconds left in the period, putting a one-timer past Howard from the right faceoff circle off a cross-crease feed from John Carlson just as a power play expired.

Each team scored a goal with the extra attacker on the night. Detroit had four tries with the man-advantage while Washington had six.

Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots against. Holtby stopped 18 of the 22 chances he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.

Johan Franzen remained on injured reserve for the Red Wings… Detroit’s healthy scratches were Brian Lashoff, Daniel Cleary, and Stephen Weiss. Weiss is currently assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning stint and appeared to injure his groin in a 2-1 loss to the Rockford Ice Hogs.

Franzen Scores Twice but Red Wings Fall to Capitals in Shootout

Johan Franzen scored twice and added an assist on Friday night but it wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings, who dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Washington Capitals.

It was Detroit’s fifth loss in a row and their seventh consecutive home loss. Their last five home losses have come in overtime or the shootout.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the tiebreaker to give the Capitals the victory. Washington goalie Braden Holtby stopped Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi while Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped Mikhail Grabovski and Alex Ovechkin before Backstrom won it.

The Red Wings had carried a 3-1 lead into the third period but couldn’t hold on.

Just 3:19 into the period, Ovechkin snapped a shot from low in the right faceoff circle between the legs of defender Niklas Kronwall and past Howard to make it 3-2.

Michael Latta tied things up with 8:06 remaining when Howard got spun around after coming out to stop a John Carlson chance. The puck came to Latta on the far side of the crease and he shoveled a backhander into the vacated net.

Before they closed out the scoring, the Capitals opened it at 5:50 of the first when Brooks Laich swatted his own rebound past Howard on a partial breakaway after a Detroit turnover in the neutral zone.

Franzen would get the Red Wings on the board with 4:08 remaining in the period. On a power play, Franzen carried the puck along the left wing boards and cut into the faceoff circle, snapping a shot off the post and into the top corner through a screen by Tomas Tatar to make it 1-1.

Before the period was out it would be 2-1, as Franzen took a crossing feed from Tatar to put a shot off Holtby’s pad and into the back of the net from the bottom of the right circle with 1:50 remaining.

With 18 seconds remaining in the second period, Danny DeKeyser would give Detroit their 3-1 lead. Franzen fed DeKeyser in the left circle for a shot into the open side of the net on a Red Wings’ power play.

Detroit finished the night with two goals on five power play tries. Washington was scoreless on for attempts with the extra attacker.

Howard made 30 saves on 33 shots while Holtby stopped 34 of 37 chances.

The Red Wings are right back at it on Saturday when they visit the New York Islanders.

The game marked the return from injury of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson… To make room for Ericsson under the salary cap, Patrick Eaves and Luke Glendening were sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins, joining Jordin Tootoo and Xavier Ouellet, who were sent down on Thursday… Daniel Alfredsson missed the game with a groin injury, causing the Red Wings to play with only 17 skaters.