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Red Wings-Capitals quick take: squeaky shootout win

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap their 5-game winless streak against a white-hot Capitals team coming out of a "Bye Week." The Wings hoped to add to the 3-9-and-1 record of teams coming out of their week without hockey, while the Capitals simply hoped to continue refining their game ahead of a playoff push.

The Wings weren't able to pull away from Washington despite taking a 2-0 lead, eventually surrendering goals at even strength--and taking 3 3rd period power plays that really wore the team down--but the Wings survived OT and won its 7th straight shootout win, taking a 3-2 decision.

The 1st period began with this:

So, the Wings prepared to face the Caps minus their #1 defenseman.

The Wings started Anthony Mantha, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar opposite Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie;

Niklas Kronwall and Brendan Smith started on defense against Karl Alzner and John Carlson;

And Petr Mrazek started in goal opposite Braden Holtby.

Zetterberg drew in for the opening faceoff against Backstrom and Backstrom tied things up but Smith helped Zetterberg win the draw and the Wings dumped the puck in.

Kronwall pinched to hold the puck in but the Caps broke out and Ovechkin got the first shot on the rush and Backstrom got the 2nd one; Oshie got the rebound pass from Backstrom and Carlson sent a heavy shot wide, which the Wings cleared down the ice...

And Mantha stole the puck from Carlson and jammed the puck in on Holtby, who made a stop and let his mask fall off.

Helm drew in for a deep offensive zone faceoff and lost it, and the Capitals tried to spring someone pinching behind Detroit's defense, but the Wings snagged the puck and pushed it back into Washington's zone.

Orlov and Johansson charged up ice into the Wings' zone, and Larkin, Jensen and Abdelkader worked the puck deep and changed 90 seconds into the game...

Sproul dumped the puck in, Nielsen wrapped the puck for Athanasiou, and then Vanek, who battled Tom Wilson in the Caps' corner, and Washington came up with the puck. Washington charged up into Detroit's zone and the Wings chipped the puck right back out, but the Caps set up and were stood up at the Wings' blueline.

Detroit set up defensively and Ouellet and Sproul cleared the puck up to Ott; Ott slid the puck across to Sheahan and he got a fine shot off before losing the rebound.

Washington pushed into Detroit's zone briefly and re-set at center, and nearly 3 minutes into the game, both teams changed.

Washington won the faceoff at Detroit's line and the Caps jammed the puck along the side boards, with Ovechkin, Backstrom and Niskanen working against Mantha, Tatar and Zetterberg, who went offside at the Capitals' line.

Helm won the draw at the Caps' blueline and Abdelkader and Larkin swiped the puck from the Caps, Larkin spun and charged around the offensive zone but fired a shot wide, and the Caps tried to spring Justin Williams, who battled the puck out front, and Mrazek made a big stop on Johansson in front.

Washington re-set at their own blueline and changed 4:15 into the game, and Vanek skated into the zone ahead of Athanasiou and Nielsen offside.

Detroit took a faceoff at the Capitals' blueline and Zetterberg lost it, so Schmidt charged up toward the Wings' line, he was blocked off, and Kronwall slid a puck to Tatar right wing side. He was stood up by Orpik and the Caps charged through center ice, with Backstrom meandering into the Wings' zone, where Smith hacked the puck out to center nad Zetterberg chugged up into the Caps' zone, where Mantha chipped a long shot in on Holtby.

Detroit lost the deep offensive zone faceoff and Sproul helped Athanasiou and Nielsen back the Caps into their own end, but Washington managed to send the puck into the Wings' zone, and Wilson charged Athanasiou as the Wings cleared the zone.

Detroit re-set at center and Vanek sent the puck in offside.

The Wings won the draw at the Caps' line but had to re-set at their own blueline and skate into the Caps' zone, where Smith pinched but fired a blind pass to nobody, and the Caps set up and turned the puck over at the Wings' blueline.

Kronwall found Helm and Helm roared in right wing side, he dropped the puck to DeKeyser and he missed the net, yielding a pile-up in the corner and a power play for the Red Wings some 6:49 into the 1st.

Marcus Johansson sat for holding at 6:49 of the 1st, with Detroit trailing in shots 3-2.

Helm drew in as the 2nd unit started the PP and Helm lost it, and the Caps cleared the puck down ice.

Mrazek set up Sproul who charged up through center, and Vanek wrapped the puck around the back boards for Athanasiou and then Sproul at the blueline. He worked with Vanek, Tatar, Helm and Athanasiou, and they charged up ice, worked the puck around to Vanek in the offensive zone, and Tatar blubbed the puck and Washington chipped and chased in the Wings' one.

Detroit re-set with a new set of personnel and Zetterberg, mantha, Abdelkader, Nielsen and Kronwall worked the perimeter, Zetterberg set up down low and backhanded the puck through Abdelkader to Nielsen, and Nielsen put the first shot off the goalpost, but he jammed the rebound home.

Nielsen scored the 1-0 goal @ 8:13 from Zetterberg and Kronwall.

Detroit lost the bump-up shift faceoff but snagged the puck and pushed it to the Caps' line, where Washington set up. Detroit stood up Washington at their own blueline--twice--and forced Washington offside.

Detroit won a draw at the Caps' line but Washington charged into the Wings' zone with Niskanen leading the rush, and Detroit swiped the puck, with DeKeyser finding Mantha and Zetterberg, who was forced back out to center.

Kronwall slid the puck up to Mantha, he was blocked off by Oshie, and Mantha chipped the puck up ice while elbowing T.J. Oshie in the face, and that was a penalty at 9:12.

Detroit settled in for a PK and Ott drew in for the deep defensive zone faceoff, Washington won the raw and worked the perimeter, they cycled and Kuznetsov was blocked off at the blueline, and when the Capitals pushed into the Wings' zone again, Detroit dumped the puck down ice.

The Caps charged in for a third time and Ouellet, Jensen, Abdelkader and Nielsen skated up 3 on 2 and Nielsen slithered a sneaky shot out of play off a big block at 10:05.

Sheahan drew in for the offensive zone draw and lost it, so Washington charged up and into the Wings' zone, Johansson ragged the puck to Backstrom, he found Niskanen on the point, Ovechkin's shot was tipped wide and Detroit blasted the puck down the ice.

The Capitals charged back in, Backstrom was blocked off, and an aggressive stick by Ott yielded a block on Niskanen.

Oshie skated back into the offensive zone and Ovechkin was set up but blocked off, and Mantha got the puck 1-on-1 and he fired a rocket shot wide of the net on the break.

The Capitals set up going D-to-D as both teams changed, and Detroit pushed the puck into the Caps' end, battled it back at center, and Wilson slid the puck up to Beagle, Beagle dumped and the Caps chased, with Sproul and Kronwall battling hard down low.

Zetterberg helped get the puck to the blueline and Orpik got a big shot that Mrazek stopped, and Nate Schmidt blasted a heavy shot off Mrazek as well. Zetterberg managed to help the Wings steal the puck and push it up to Athanasiou, who roared up ice on a 2-on-1 with Zetterberg via a Vanek outlet pass. Athanasiou had no passing lane, so he jammed the puck into Holtby.

12:43 into the 1st, Detroit trailed in shots 7-5, but led in attempts 12-9, and the Wings were 2-and-10 in the faceoff circle.

After the TV timeout, Nielsen lost the deep offensive zone faceoff and Mrazek ended up playing the puck up to Vanek, who couldn't find Larkin, and the Caps set up in the Wings' zone.

Washington ground the puck out down low, but Sproul of all people pinched against Connolly and Sproul got a shot off before changing.

Washington cleared the puck down ice, but Niskanen's pass was iced, and Detroit changed personnel.

Abdelkader, Helm and Athanasiou drew in for the offensive zone draw and won it, Abdelkader kept the puck in the offensive zone, and the Wings tried to cycle along the half-wall, but they were unable to do so. DeKeyser held the puck in and fed Abdelkader for a long shot on Holtby, and the Caps came out of their zone but were blocked off at center as the Wings were clogging up the neutral zone excellently well.

As the TV timeout hit at 14:31, the Wings were tied in shots 7-7.

Detroit took a faceoff at their own blueline and Sheahan won it to his defense, Ott hacked the puck down in the offensive zone and Glendening battled to keep the puck in deep but the Caps iced the puck sans call, and DeKeyser and Ott battled the puck to the blueline, the Capitals cycled down low and Mrazek made one stop and then another.

Ott charged up into the Caps' zone and elbowed Orpik, the Wings cycled the puck and Tatar and Zetterberg could not generate an offensive chance, Washington skated into the Wings' zone and got a shot off before Detroit chugged up the other way and Kronwall got a shot off that Holtby stopped.

Kronwall came back to chase the puck down and chip it out to Zetterberg, he found Tatar, who blasted the puck in for a dump-in, and Zetterberg was unable to hold the puck in, so Smith dumped and the Wings changed.

Carlson played the puck up ice and Nielsen helped DeKeyser push the puck out of trouble, but Vanek coughed up the puck at the Wings' blueline, the capitals jammed up the ice down low, and Vanek found Sproul in the slot, Athanasiou negated an icing call, and Nielsen cycled to Sproul, he slid the puck to Athanasiou for a tip, and that was tipped out of play.

17 minutes into the 1st period, Larkin, Helm and Abdelkader drew the puck back to Sproul, who fired a shot wide off the offensive zone draw, and Washington went the other way, attempting to cycle the puck in the Wings' zone.

Detroit was unable to clear and Ouellet and Sproul had to get some help from Larkin to chase the Caps out of their zone, Larkin charged through center and dropped the puck to Helm, who fired it wide, Larkin swept the puck to DeKeyser, Glendening jammed the puck of Holtby, Jensen cycled to Glendening, Jensen helped Ott, and Ott fired a long shot on Holtby.

Ott won the offensive zone draw to the point and the Wings got the puck up to Sheahan, who fired a shot wide, and Detroit battled its way into Washington's zone before changing. Jensen and DeKeyser worked the puck out of Detroit's zone, but Ott made an odd play to tap the puck with his hand and Detroit had to re-set, eventually icing the puck.

Glendening drew in for a defensive zone faceoff which he lost, Washington got the puck back to Niskanen, but Jensen blocked his shot, and Orlov worked the puck up ice, Backstrom found Oshie, but his stick was lifted by Ott, and Washington pushed the puck deep, but the Wings cleared the puck down ice and iced it again.

Sheahan drew in for the defensive zone draw and got the puck to DeKeyser, and Sheahan did so with a hand pass, so he headed to the box at 19:21. You can't play the puck with your hands off faceoffs any more, but it was a bad call as Sheahan played the puck with the knob of his stick.

Washington won their offensive zone faceoff and pushed the puck to Ovechkin, who was stopped easily by Mrazek;

Washington won another offensive zone draw and Mrazek gobbled up a Niskanen shot at 19:32...

Ott drew in for the draw on the left side of the ice and the Caps won it to Niskanen, then Ovechkin, who was stopped by Mrazek; Ovechkin set up again, bounced the puck to Backstrom, he found Niskanen, then Backstrom worked the puck to Oshie, Glendening tried to clear, Backstrom found Oshie and Mrazek made a big stop and Ott made a big clear as the period ended.

  • The 1st period in summary: Detroit did a great job of checking the snot out of the Capitals, and they were rewarded for their persistence with a power play goal.

Detroit and Washington were tied 10-10 in shots after 1; Detroit out-attempted Washington 23-14; Detroit went 7-and-15 (32%) on faceoffs.

The 2nd period began with the Wings on the PK, and Nielsen, Abdelkader, DeKeyser and Smith watched the Caps win the draw, set up, skate into the zone, and Oshie blasted a hard slapper wide of the net. Johansson reversed and Niskanen got the puck to Backstrom, he found Oshie, the Caps worked the perimeter, and eventually Backstrom found Niskanen, he went to Ovechkin, and Mrazek stopped Backstrom.

Abdelkader cleared the puck and the Caps set up at center as the Wings changed.

Jensen, Ouellet, Glendening and Ott got a little lucky as the Caps went offside at the Wings' line as they were skating deep into the Wings' zone, and the refs had to re-set the clock because they nearly blew the call.

Washington won the faceoff in their own zone and set up, skating the puck to center and through center ice as Ott bumped a cap and Jensen turned the puck over, with Kunzetsov finding Orlov and Mrazek made a big stop on Orlov's slapper.

The Wings changed personnel as Sheahan battled the puck along the boards to Zetterberg, he cycled with Tatar, Sproul was pinching but he was covered and the Wings couldn't find him.

Washington charged the other way and Winnik went to Beagle, Beagle centered the puck and Mrazek held on as Beagle attempted to beat Mrazek from the side of the net.

Nielsen drew in for the defensive zone faceoff and won it to Jensen, who "wheeled" the puck out to Abdelkader, and the Wings dumped and chased, with Athanasiou and Jensen pinching to battle the puck deep.

Washington re-set and skated out to center, but Nielsen swiped the puck, got it to Jensen, and he dumped the puck to center, where the Caps dumped the puck in. Detroit battled out to center ice, Washington set up, and Mantha swiped the puck, skated in with Zetterberg, he found Tatar, and Tatar scored the 2-0 goal.

Tatar scored in the slot to make it 2-0 @ 3:33 of the 2nd. Tatar from Zetterberg and Mantha off the turnover.

Washington won the faceoff at center and Sanford roared into the Wings' zone, firing a shot wide of Mrazek, and Detroit charged back into the Capitals' end, with Vanek pushing the puck to the point for Smith, Vanek re-setting and finding Ouellet, who slid the puck across to Larkin for a long bomb that Holtby held.

4:20 into the 2nd, Detroit won the deep offensive zone faceoff, Ott battled the puck around the back boards, Sheahan and Ott and Glendening over-committed and Kronwall had to interfere with a Cap--sans call--to afford Mrazek an easy stop.

Nielsen drew in for the defensive zone draw and won it to Smith and then Ouellet, who had some difficulty clearing the puck, and Washington charged back into the Wings' end, and Detroit cleared the puck into their own bench.

Helm drew in for the next defensive zone faceoff, and the Caps got a great play off, with Johansson dekeing and converting on a 2-on-1 that Mrazek sprawled to stop.

The Wings skated out of their zone and pushed the puck into Washington's' zone, but the Caps reversed the flow and Johansson and Kuznetsov nearly converted because Abdelkader was too soft on the puck down low.

Johansson helped the Caps change lines and Oshie hopped over the boards, worked with Backstrom, Niskanen pinched and pushed the puck back to the line, then he fired a shot wide and Detroit rushed a line change.

Orlov's wrist shot was blocked, Backstrom's bank shot was stopped, Oshie worked the puck over to Orlov, the Caps crowded in front of the Wings' net, and Zetterberg, Kronwall, Jensen, Abdelkader and Larkin battled minus a Kronwall stick to push the puck away from Ovechkin and down the ice.

Mantha charged into the Caps' end alone and battled Orlov for the puck, Schmidt cleared the puck to Orlov and Sanford took it deeper into the Wings' end, Sheahan coughed up the puck and Mrazek had to make a big stop.

Sheahan, Tatar and Mantha ground the puck out down low in the Caps' end, Detroit started to change, and Ouellet and Sproul re-set at center and backed into the Wings' zone. They fired the puck out to center ice, Detroit chased it deep, and the Caps took over, with Wilson dumping the puck to beagle, Wilson blocked off Glendening, and Vanek fired a hard shot wide that the Caps iced, sans call.

Ott and Kronwall battled the puck to Smith, Ott coughed up the puck to Wilson, and Wilson got tagged for roughing Glendening at 8:39, yielding a Wings power play.

Detroit drew in for an offensive zone draw and Nielsen, Abdelkader, Mantha, Zetterberg and Kronwall won the draw but had to re-set at center as Nielsen was chased into his own zone.

Nielsen found Kronwall, he chipped the puck up to Zetterberg, he found Abdelkader, Carlson cleared the puck down ice and Detroit re-set.

Kronwall skated up ice and dropped the puck to Nielsen, he found Mantha left wing side, Nielsen reversed flow and Zetterberg backhanded the puck around the back of the net, Nielsen and Abdelkader cycled to Zetterberg, he found Kronwall and his shot was tipped wide.

Abdelkader dropped the puck for Mantha who fired a beautiful shot wide, Nielsen found Kronwall, Abdelkader and Mantha could not help Zetterberg backhand the puck into the net, and Detroit changed almost 1:30 into the PP.

Athanasiou roared into the zone, Tatar worked the puck to Vanek and the Caps cleared the puck, so Vanek went to Athanasiou, who was blocked off, and that was the power play for you.

Sheahan lost an offensive zone draw and Wilson battled the puck to Beagle deep in the Wings' end, Detroit pumped the puck to center ice, Sproul charged up himself and slid the puck wide and out of play.

With 11:02 gone in the 2nd, Washington out-shot Detroit 6-3 in the 2nd and 16-13 on the night; Detroit out-attempted Washington 32-24; Detroit went 12-and-19 (39%) on faceoffs.

After the TV timeout, Sheahan drew in for an offensive zone faceoff, he lost it, and Washington chipped and chased but Mrazek played the puck away and eventually Ott roared into the Caps' zone, Glendening and Sheahan cycled down low, Sheahan found DeKeyser and his shot was tipped wide of the net. Jensen and DeKeyser re-set at center and Washington set up at their own blueline.

Washington's dump yielded a Detroit chase, with Mantha and Tatar clearing the puck, and Tatar and Mantha ended up chasing the Caps down in their own zone.

Washington set up and fired the puck into Detroit's zone, but Zetterberg came charging out of the Wings' end, Tatar and Mantha battled, and Ouellet was tripped sans penalty.

Detroit took a faceoff at the offensive zone blueline and the Caps won it, but Detroit was dogged on the puck as the Caps chipped and chased, with Sproul and Ouellet setting up and firing the puck down ice, with Larkin, Nielsen and Vanek working against Eller, Carlson and Carlson, whose shot was stopped and then cleared away from the crease by Ouellet.

Detroit re-set at their blueline and Nielsen ground the puck up to Helm, he was blocked, his rebound was stopped by Holtby, and the Caps set up.

Detroit clogged up the neutral zone well, and Smith and Athanasiou ground the puck to Kronwall for a smart clear, he found Athanasiou, Athanasiou got the puck to Abdelkader and Holtby made a smart glove save at 14:26.

Sheahan drew in and won the puck to Jensen, Sheahan tipped the puck deep and cycled it to Ott in the slot, but he was blocked, and Jensen chipped a puck wide of the net.

Detroit re-set at center and Washington was able to clear the puck out of play.

Zetterberg drew in for the blueline faceoff and the Wings worked the puck up ice and into the Caps' zone, with Tatar, Mantha and Zetterberg stealing the puck to Mantha and he found Kronwall for a point-blank shot that went wide...Mantha found Kronwall again and he was stifled by Holtby.

15:20 into the 2nd, Nielsen battled an offensive zone draw to a draw, Washington charged up as Tom Wilson carried the puck and crashed and banged, and Vanek chipped the puck down ice, where Holtby played it away from Athanasiou.

The Caps battled the puck toward the Wings' line and Detroit battled right back, with Mrazek backhanding the puck to Sproul, Helm pushing the puck up to Abdelkader, and Holtby chose to hold on rather than face Abdelkader.

The Caps won the offensive zone faceoff and Detroit stood up at center, affording Larkin, Abdelkader and Helm a chip-and-change situation;

Schmidt carried the puck out for Washington and they cycled the puck but Ott chipped it out and Glendening and Sheahan battled at center, Jensen set up at the Wings' line, he coughed up the puck in the slot and Detroit got very, very lucky as Jensen's unforced error did not end up in the back of their net.

Washington skated up and into Detroit's end and Mrazek made a big stop on Kuznetsov, Jensen and DeKeyser continued to battle and Mrazek gobbled up a Capitals' shot with 2:22 remaining in the 2nd.

Zetterberg took the defensive zone draw and won it to Smith, who pushed the puck out of trouble, but Ovechkin chugged back into the Wings' zone, where Mantha and Tatar shut him down. Tatar skated the other way and nearly set up Zetterberg, who was blocked off;

Kronwall cycled and set up Zetterberg, who lugged the puck through center, and Detroit battled the Caps as they pushed the puck to center.

Vanek turned the puck over at the Wings' blueline, and Curtis Sanford was the recipient of a 3-on-2 play, with Eller finding Sanford laterally and Sanford made it 2-1.

Sanford scored @ 18:36 to make it 2-1. Vanek and Jensen were unable to stop Sanford.

Detroit won the bump-up shift faceoff but Washington chipped the puck into Detroit's zone, the Wings set up and had to re-set twice as Washington really aggressively attacked, and Niskanen blasted a bomb off a Smith and out of play.

Detroit won the defensive zone draw as Zetterberg snagged the puck but Washington took possession and Niskanen fired a shot wide, Kuznetsov worked the puck to the line, Mantha batted the puck free and Tatar worked through center with Mantha, Tatar fanned on his shoot-in and the Wings just pushed the puck toward the Caps' blueline.

Detroit allowed Washington to walk into the Wings' zone and Kuznetsov deked, dangled, and forced DeKeyser to hook him with 7/10 of a second remaining in the 2nd.

The Caps pulled Holtby for the final faceoff but Helm won it and Detroit would start the 3rd with 1:59 of PK time.

  • The 2nd period in summary: The Red Wings continued to play excellent hockey throughout the vast majority of the 2nd period, but Washington woke up from their "Bye Week" blues about 15 minutes into the 2nd, and Detroit happened to let up on the pedal somewhat at the same time, yielding a Capitals goal and a poor penalty by DeKeyser.

Detroit was out-shot 11-5 in the 2nd and 21-15 overall; Detroit out-attempted Washington 41-32; Detroit went 19-and-22 (46%) on faceoffs.

The 3rd period began with the Red Wings on the PK for 1:59.

Ott, Glendening, Kronwall and Smith started on the PK and the Wings won the opening faceoff but Smith blasted the puck out of play, so Detroit set up at its own blueline, and Glendening won the draw to Kronwall, who blasted the puck down ice.

Niskanen gave the puck away to Ott in front of his net and Ott got 2 shots off before he was checked, point blank, no less.

Washington set up in the offensive zone and they worked the perimeter, with Backstrom and Ovechkin stopped by Mrazek in tight--with a little help from the goalpost.

The Caps regained control of the puck and Johansson worked it to Carlson, Mrazek made a big stop on a deflection in front.

Washington took a deep offensive zone draw n the Wings' end and won it to Orlov, he cycled with Eller, Eller found Williams, and Mrazek made a big stop. Carlson couldn't keep the puck in and Washington went offside.

Sheahan lost the draw at the Wings' defensive blueline but the Caps slowly skated into the Wings' zone, Kuznetsov's back pass missed everyone, and the penalty was killed.

Detroit set up in its own zone and Sheahan charged up ice, dropped the puck to Tatar, and Holtby had to make a big stop.

Nielsen, Athanasiou and Vanek won the offensive zone draw but the Caps were able to block the puck off Vanek's shot; the Wings won the next draw and Holtby stopped another shot from the point as Kronwall found a lane to the net.

Nielsen took a third faceoff and won it, Vanek could not move the puck and play was stopped as Orpik's stick found its way into Athanasiou's skate blade.

Nielsen won a fourth faceoff, too, and Sproul fired a hard shot in on Holtby just under 3 minutes into the 3rd period.

Nielsen's fifth faceoff yielded a gigantic stop by Holtby on Vanek, and Athanasiou and Vanek re-set at center, battled their way into the Capitals' zone, and Zetterberg pushed the puck to Vanek, he found Zetterberg, and he couldn't find Athanasiou.

The Capitals' Winnik and Wilson raced up the other way but fumbled the puck, and so Backstrom tried to set up Ovechkin, and Zetterberg checked him.

Washington re-set and skated into the Wings' zone, where Smith was tied up by Ovechkin, Oshie tied up Helm, but Mantha and DeKeyser found each other, Mantha was tied up sans call, and Abdelkader was held up sans call, affording Ovechkin a shot in on Mrazek, who made an easy stop.

Washington kept the puck in the Wings' zone and cycled, and Smith did a fine job of getting the puck to Helm, but he and Mantha bumbled the puck and Abdelkader had to charge out of the zone himself, eventually icing the puck.

Detroit took a defensive zone draw and Helm won it to his defensemen, Abdelkader dumped and the Wings changed, with Sheahan, Larkin and Ott taking to the ice. The Wings re-set at center and Jensen dumped so the Wings could chase, which they did, and Ott pushed the puck deep but the Caps set up.

Schmidt set up behind his net and slid the puck up to center, where Kuznetsov skated up and in, Ouellet battled and pushed the puck the other way, Zetterberg charged in and spun the puck to Mantha, who was blocked off in the Caps' slot.

Sproul and Tatar went to Mantha and then Zetterberg, who was blocked off again;

Detroit backed into its own zone and Sproul and Ouellet cleared the puck out of trouble, with the Caps setting up at center, and the Wings clogging up the neutral zone;

Oshie and Backstrom battled the puck toward the Wings' line, Detroit stood up the Caps, and Nielsen went offside trying to push the puck up to Athanasiou.

7:28 into the 3rd, Detroit was out-shooting Washington 4-3 in the 3rd but was still being out-shot 24-19 overall; Detroit out-attempted Washington 46-35; Detroit was out-drawn 26-25 (49%).

Zetterberg, Mantha and Tatar drew in for a post-TV timeout in the Caps' zone and the Caps won it, iced it sans call, and the Wings dumped the puck out of trouble.

Backstrom set up and slid his way toward the Wings' line, where Niskanen backed up to Orlov and the Caps dumped and chased. Glendening found Smith, he put the puck off the glass and out, Mantha was tied up by Orlov alone in the offensive zone, the Caps went the other way but Oshie was picked off by Jensen, and the Wings dumped the puck out of play in the Caps' end.

The teams took a center ice draw and Nielsen won it but the Caps took possession, and they drew a penalty. Athanasiou got hooked up with Winnik, who sold his hook well, and Washington went to the PP at 8:31.

Glendening lost the deep zone faceoff and the Caps worked the perimeter, with Backstrom and Johansson finding Niskanen, then Backstrom, Backstrom worked the puck to Niskanen, he found Ovechkin, he was blocked by Smith and the Wings cleared the zone;

Washington walked back into the Wings' zone offside, and the Caps skated into the Wings' zone after winning the offensive blueline faceoff, Niskanen and Backstrom found Ovechkin, but Jensen and Ouellet ground the puck out to the point, where Ovechkin was waiting.

Niskanen found Backstrom on the left wing side, Niskanen worked the puck to Ovechkin, he fanned on the puck, and Nielsen dumped the puck down ice.

10 minutes into the3rd period, Detroit swiped a Capitals giveaway and cleared the puck down ice;

Washington iced the puck at 10:10, with 21 seconds remaining on the PP. Ott drew in for the offensive zone faceoff and was over-powered, affording the Caps a good breakout and a dump-in that Smith and Kronwall attempted to negate, and the Wings were able to block a shot and Athanasiou at least chased the puck toward the Caps' end.

Washington went the other way and Eller got a good shot off on Mrazek, and Mrazek got bumped by a Cap, but he stood tall and a TV timeout hit.

At 10:47, Detroit was tied in shots 4-4 in the 3rd and out-shot 25-19 on the night.

 

Orpik got bumped by Sheahan, Eller got hacked by Glendening, and Glendening was going to the box, so the Capitals set up on the delayed penalty.

Ovechkin set up in front of a net vacated by Braden Holtby and Johansson deked and fell over a teammate, yielding a whistle and a PK at 11:58.

Nielsen took the defensive zone draw and won it to DeKeyser, who could not clear the zone, and the Caps set up, working the puck to Ovechkin. He cycled to Johansson, then Backstrom, the Caps worked it to Niskanen, Mrazek made a stop and the puck went wide on the rebound, Washington continued to work the perimeter, they found Ovechkin and he was blocked by Smith but Smith gave the puck away...

Johansson and Niskanen worked the puck to Oshie, then Ovechkin, and Frans Nielsen swiped the puck, skated into the Caps' zone and forced Holtby to make a stop.

Washington set up with 55 remaining in the PP and Mrazek dumped the dump-in to the corner, Ott and Ouellet coughed the puck up, Washington set up as Williams and Kuznetsov gave and went, Mrazek made an astonishing stop.

Ovechikn and Williams and Eller all jammed the puck toward the net, but Mrazek's pad came down and stifled the shot, with his glove coming in to keep it out.

Orlov, Carlson, Williams and company could not convert, and Glendening hopped out of the box killing 5 Capitals power plays.

Washington didn't see Tatar lurking behind the defense until it was almost too late--but not too late to force the Wings to ice the puck trying to spring Tatar for a home run.

Zetterberg, Tatar and Mantha drew in for the defensive zone faceoff, Oshie swiped the puck and got it to Alzner, and Mrazek made another gigantic stop.

Mrazek actually lost a skate blade on his second stop, but the Wings were able to replace it.

14:26 into the 2nd, Detroit drew in for a defensive zone draw that the Wings were able to ice, minus a call, and Washington came charging into the Caps' zone, but Washington re-set at center and skated into the Wings' zone once, then twice, and Zetterberg battled the puck out to Tatar.

He turned it over, Oshie skated in and passed the puck to Winnik off Mrazek, and Winnik popped the puck into the net to make it 2-2.

Winnik made it 2-2 @ 15:12.

Detroit was being out-shot 31-19 at the time.

After the bump-up shift, Nielsen won a defensive zone draw for Helm, Helm charged into the offensive zone and was tied up as he shot on Holtby.

15:30 into the 3rd, Nielsen, Vanek and Athanasiou drew in for an offensive zone draw that Sproul clanged off the side of the net, Ouellet could not hold it in, and he had to chase the puck out from behind the Wings' net while being chased by Wilson.

Sheahan, Glendening and Ott battled the puck deep and Sheahan swiped the puck for Ott, Ott worked it to Sheahan, he ground the puck around to no one and Jensen fired a hard shot wide of the net. Glendening whiffed on the rebound nad the Caps charged up into the Wings' zone, and Mrazek stopped the Caps cold.

Helm drew in vs. Eller in the Wings' end, Helm won the draw, escaped from the Caps' coverage, and snuck into Washington's zone, where he skated in and got a solid shot on Holtby while being shadowed by a Caps defenseman.

Nielsen, Vanek and Athanasiou rejoined the fray 16:43 into the period and took a deep offensive zone draw, and the Caps won the draw and pushed the puck into Detroit's zone, but the Wings reversed flow and Nielsen jabbed a long shot toward Holtby, who held on for a faceoff.

Helm drew in for the next offensive draw and he lost it, so the Caps charged up 2-on-2, with Winnik falling over and battling the puck around to Wilson, who lost the puck to Larkin. He slid the puck to Larkin, he fumbled the puck, and Winnik, Orlov and Wilson worked into the Wings' zone, they worked the puck back to the blueline, a bouncing puck was centered and then pushed to the point, and Ovechkin fired a shot wide of the net.

Abdelkader and Kronwall worked the puck to Ouellet, Ouellet found Helm, and he dumped and changed.

Ovechkin dumped and Smith chased, finding Mantha and Tatar, they lost the puck to the Caps, and Washington chipped and changed.

DeKeyser slid the puck off Zetterberg and Tatar battled the puck at the side of the Caps' net, Zetterberg got it to Kronwall and Jensen, Jensen fired a shot off the back boards and Holtby had to hold on as a result.

With 1:19 remaining in regulation, Sheahan drew in for the offensive zone draw, Kronwall found Jensen and he blasted a heavy shot in on Holtby, Glendening, Ott and Sheahan watched Kronwall and Jensen bang a shot off the back boards, and as Washington exited the zone, Ott and Orpik got into a fight.

Ott lost the fight, but he wanted to go, and he went at 19:03.

Zetterberg drew in for the offensive zone faceoff and he won the puck to the point, the Wings tried to push the puck deep for Mantha and instead, Smith and DeKeyser chased the puck down ice and pushed the puck back into Washington's zone.

Washington went the other way and DeKeyser tipped the puck to Mantha, he slid the puck into Caps territory, and Detroit had to re-set, with DeKeyser and Smith setting up but not finding Zetterberg.

The teams happily skated to a tie and headed to overtime.

  • The 3rd period in summary: The Wings stopped playing offense and the penalties added up, eventually yielding a late even-strength goal against as Detroit was out-shot 11-7 in the 3rd. You can't stop playing just because you're up 2-1.

Detroit was out-shot 11-7 in the 3rd and 32-22 overall; attempts 52-49 Detroit; faceoffs 36-33 Detroit (52%).

In overtime, Detroit started with Tatar, Larkin and Nielsen, and Larkin deked and dangled deep, Washington came the other way, Kuznetsov was stood up by Tatar, and Washington re-set at center.

Beagle charged toward the net and was blocked off, he pinned the puck behind the net, and Kuznetsov stole the puck and Tatar and Larkin lost their sticks, so Mrazek had to make a beautiful glove save on Carlson.

Mantha, Zetterberg and DeKeyser hit the ice for the defensive zone faceoff and the Wings won it but turned it over within the blueline, and Ovechkin, Backstrom and Niskanen tried to cycle.

DeKeyser and Mantha worked the puck into the Caps' zone, Mantha was blocked off by Niskanen, DeKeyser helped, he skated up and into the Caps' zone, Mantha dangled, fired a long shot, and was stopped.

DeKeyser changed with 3:23 left, Helm and Athanasiou hopped over the boards, and Ovechkin fired a heavy shot wide;

Athanasiou watched Johansson and Ovechkin play catch, Orlov got the puck to Johansson, he worked the puck back to Holtby, he found Oshie, Johansson got around Helm and dropped the puck to Orlov, Helm stole it, he was tripped, Athanasiou deked and he lost the puck, up came Washington 2-on-1, Vanek had to play defense and Oshie missed the net...

Oshie regained the puck and played it back to Holtby.

He worked the puck to Kuznetsov, he found Williams, Mrazek stopped him, Kuznetsov cycled and was dumped by Smith, Sheahan and Vanek looked as Schmidt worked the puck in and Mrazek made a big stop with 1:39 left.

The Wings won the defensive zone draw with DeKeyser finding Abdelkader and then Nielsen, he skated into the offensive zone, deked, and was blocked wide as he was stick checked.

Abdelkader was dumped away from play, no call was made, and Zetterberg joined the fray. Carlson got around Abdelkader and Carlson skated into Mrazek, and the Wings were not happy about that, so Ovechkin got into it with DeKeyser.

With 1:04 remaining, Tatar, Zetterberg and Smith hopped over the boards and worked the puck up to center, where Tatar got the puck to Smith, he worked the puck to Tatar, who was tripped, and Smith battled Johansson.

Zetterberg charged up, gave the puck to Tatar, he cycled to the slot, Smith fired it wide, Zetterberg set up, got it to Tatar, Tatar worked the puck himself to Smith, Smith gave it to Zetterberg, he bumped the puck off the side boards and was hooked some, Tatar found Zetterberg and the shootout loomed.

  • In OT:  Detroit wasn't deliberate enough.

In the shootout:

Vanek skates up, serpentine, up, in, deke dangle goal. Around the world.

Oshie up, Oshie in, wide, looks, looks, fakes, fires wide.

Frans walks up, looks, skates in deep, stopped by Holtby.

Kuzentsov hard, skates in, slow, fast, through legs fake, goal.

AA. AA up, hard, AA in, hard, stopped.

Backstrom for the win, skates up, skates in, looks, fires, stopped.

Tatar skates up hard, right side, sticks, sticks, stopped toe.

Connolly goes 5 hole, stopped.

Zetterberg cheered, Zetterberg up, Zetterberg looks, scores 5 hole.

Ovechkin looks...skates up hard, walks serpentine, kicks, stopped. WINGS WIN.

 

 

  • In the shootout: Detroit won.

Detroit was out-shot 4-1 in OT and 36-23 overall; Detroit was out-attempted 55-54; Detroit went 40-and-33 (55%) on faceoffs.

Statistics:

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Figaro's avatar

Gotta win 70-odd percent of our games to make the playoffs.  There’s one!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/18/17 at 06:10 PM ET

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Mrazek with a great performance. Vanek turned the puck over and than did not cover his man on the same sequence that led to the first Cap goal, that was not a good moment if there were scouts in the building. On the other hand, Smith had a very strong game imo, so KH probably gives him a 5 year deal tomorrow.
Blashill continues to coach not to lose. His affection to Sheahan, Glen, Helm and Abby double shifting them late in the game is crazy. He still thinks they are good defensively.
And we are 7-0 in the shootouts, amazing.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/18/17 at 06:46 PM ET

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While Mrazek played great, I thought OTT was a star offensively and defensively. Always nice to see a win, we usually match up well with their style of play.. If it wasn’t for some bad passes and too many penalties we had them pretty much shut down.

Posted by stateofmifan on 02/18/17 at 06:49 PM ET

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Both Razor and the PP looked great today.

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 02/18/17 at 07:02 PM ET

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Larkin and AA with the least ice time, that’s sad. It’s time to play and develop young players imo.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/18/17 at 07:06 PM ET

PierreC's avatar

good effort under the circumstances. But i don’t agree with Mick who said that we look like the Caps and the Caps look like us. They still outplayed us, but number 34 said no.

But again..under the circumstances it was a fun game to Watch.

Funny again to see Helm and Sheahan with a shift or two in OT. No shift for Vanek.  (dumb play by Vanek on the first Caps goal)

This time the players decided no to let our bad coach spoil the party.

he did all he could again..Larkin no shift in OT. No Nothing for him. I hope Larkin is solid mentally…just the few games for him and he is off the hook from Blashill.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 02/18/17 at 07:17 PM ET

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Blashill is seriously *#$%@& up the minds of these young kids.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/18/17 at 08:24 PM ET

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Only the Red Wings could play like they needed two points in order to make the playoffs – and in the process screw themselves in the upcoming draft lottery.

If they had started playing like this 20 games ago, this would have been a great victory. As it is, this was just one more example of a team that loses when it needs to win and wins when it needs to lose.

But kudos to Mrazek. He seems to have found his groove. Too bad it’s 20 games too late.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/18/17 at 09:35 PM ET

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Larkin and AA with the least ice time, that’s sad. It’s time to play and develop young players imo.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/18/17 at 06:06 PM ET

I certainly agree and have no idea what the coach is thinking.

Power came back on just as Petr stopped Ovi in the SO, Grrr

Good Blog GM and no offsides, anyway good work!

Wings could win the rest of the games and I would still want Blashill GONE!!!  May be a long year next year for me.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/18/17 at 09:42 PM ET

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1-0 w/o Gus. Coincidence? You make the call.

Posted by SlimChance on 02/18/17 at 09:44 PM ET

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People are calling for a tank season but still want the coach to try to win. Can’t have it both ways.

Posted by SlimChance on 02/18/17 at 09:46 PM ET

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People are calling for a tank season but still want the coach to try to win.

Posted by SlimChance on 02/18/17 at 08:46 PM ET

Well, Slim, I’m not calling for Blashill to win. I’m calling for Blashill to be fired – like yesterday.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/18/17 at 09:56 PM ET

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You can have it both ways and what makes you think you can’t?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/18/17 at 09:56 PM ET

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Point well taken OTC.

V16, my definition of a tank season is lose at all costs to get the best chance at good picks. It’s a barn burner. If I’m not mistaken babs went to Tor and came in dead last. That is a tank season that wasn’t really a dead last worthy team. Maybe only 1 or 2 from the bottom but not dead last. Trying to squeak out wins where we can defeats the point of a tank season. With that said I still like to see us us win… especially against a #1 team.  And with that said it helps explain the obviously poor coaching decisions being made. If he isn’t fired you may have all the evidence you need. Bad coach not being fired because horrible decisions are intentional to bottom out in the rankings.

Prepared for return fire…

 

Posted by SlimChance on 02/18/17 at 10:18 PM ET

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Maybe only 1 or 2 from the bottom but not dead last. Trying to squeak out wins where we can defeats the point of a tank season. With that said I still like to see us us win… especially against a #1 team.

Prepared for return fire…

Posted by SlimChance on 02/18/17 at 09:18 PM ET

Honestly, Slim, no one wants to see their team lose. My point was that this victory was at least 20 games too late.

This team played “hard on the puck,” and actually looked like they wanted to win. Where was this team 20 games ago?

And in a really weak draft year, one or two draft spots (and their percentage of the lottery for the #1 pick) actually does make a big difference.

But having said that, any “return fire” from a true Wings fan will be more like the sptballs aimed at thebackof Sister Mary (insert name here) than the sh!t that’s coming ISIS’s way in the next year or so. grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/19/17 at 02:34 AM ET

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