The Wings came out and played a strong 15 minutes in the first period then Washington was the better team the last five.
Only one goal in the first, Athanasiou on a nice pass from Vanek.
The Capitals came out for the second period and played well, The Wings killed off two penalties and Washington scored the lone goal.
Washington controlled the play in the third, scored two goals and a 3-1 win.
Back at it tomorrow with the Wings hosting the Sabres at 7:00pm.
Stats and goals are below.