Wings 4, Capitals 3 (SO)
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[February 01, 2014]
Red Wings 4, Capitals 3 (SO): Patrick Eaves scored the lone goal in the seventh round of the shootout
and Detroit celebrated the 3,000th home game in franchise history by
Drew Miller, defenseman Danny DeKeyser and Gustav Nyquist scored
goals as the Red Wings posted their third shootout victory in the
last seven games. Jimmy Howard returned from a four-game injury
absence to make 26 saves and deny all seven attempts in the bonus
format as Detroit halted a two-game skid (0-1-1).
The Capitals wasted a dramatic tying goal by captain Alex Ovechkin
with seven seconds left in regulation to suffer their third straight
defeat (0-1-2) and 10th loss in 12 games (2-6-4). Michal Neuvirth
made 42 saves and stopped the first six shots in the shootout while
Jason Chimera and Casey Wellman also scored goals for Washington.
The Capitals tied it at 8:09 of the third when Wellman followed up
his own rebound, but Nyquist put the Red Wings back ahead two
minutes later by pouncing on an awful giveaway by defenseman John
Erskine and whistling a wrist shot past Neuvirth for his fifth goal
in six games. Ovechkin knotted it with the clock winding down,
hammering a slap shot past Howard for his league-high 39th tally.
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Detroit scored twice in the second period to erase a one-goal
deficit, with Miller tying it off a wild scramble after Neuvirth
came way out to foil his initial breakaway chance. DeKeyser put
the Red Wings ahead with 1:39 left in the session, hammering a
one-timer from the point off a faceoff.
NOTEBOOK: Detroit had an overwhelming 22-5 edge in shots in the
first period, but Washington scored the only goal when C Nicklas
Backstrom reached 40 assists for the sixth time in seven seasons
with a perfect pass that Chimera steered in at the left post on
the power play at 15:24. ... Capitals D Mike Green sat out with
an upper-body injury sustained when he was checked into the
boards in Thursday's game at Columbus. ... Red Wings captain
Henrik Zetterberg returned after missing two games with a back
injury and had three shots and a missed chance in the shootout.
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