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Red Wings 3, Capitals 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Red Wings 3, Capitals 2
Washington Capitals 2, Detroit Red Wings 3

DETROIT -- When you hold Alexander Ovechkin's line to one assist, you have a pretty good chance of beating the Washington Capitals.

Thomas Holmstrom broke a tie with a power-play goal with 6:53 left in the Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Washington on Saturday night.

Ville Leino and Jason Williams also scored for Detroit, Valtteri Filppula had two assists, and Chris Osgood made 21 saves.

"Our back-checking was awesome tonight, especially against a team that has so many snipers," Osgood said.

Matt Bradley and Brendan Morrison scored for Washington, and Jose Theodore stopped 34 shots.

"We played a heck of a game tonight and we took two dumb penalties and it cost us," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said.

With Mike Green in the penalty box for hooking, Holmstrom fired a shot from the right circle past Theodore after taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk.

"I was coming in on the right side, Pavel got the puck on the left side and I pretty much knew the pass was going to come," Holmstrom said. "I just tried to get in good position and I put it high up."

Detroit held Washington's big line of two-time defending Hart Trophy winner Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin to an assist by Ovechkin, who also had nine shots and 10 hits. The line has already combined for 29 points in the Capitals' first five games. With Johan Franzen out for four months after tearing his left ACL on Thursday night against Chicago, Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock put together a line of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi and matched it against Ovechkin's line. That made it necessary for the Washington trio to also expend energy playing defense.

"The more they play defense, the more they're going to be tired out for the offensive zone," Bertuzzi said. "That's what we tried to do, keep the puck in their zone."

Detroit also outshot Washington 11-4 in the third period.

"They're the best team in the league for the last five seasons for a reason," Capitals' defenseman Brian Pothier said. "They know when to play passive and when to play aggressive."

Morrison's power-play goal tied it for the Capitals 1:25 into the third period. He beat Osgood with a snap shot from the high slot. On the previous rush, Detroit's Patrick Eaves knocked Washington's net off its magnets, but play wasn't called.

"I'm not sure what the rule is," Eaves said. "Everyone thought it (play) would be called."

Williams' power-play goal with 3:34 left in the second period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead. He beat Theodore with a slap shot from just above the right circle.

The game was tied at 1 after the first period.

Bradley opened the scoring at 3:58 when his shot from along the boards at the left circle went through Osgood. Leino tied it with 4:11 left in the opening period when he put one in off a goalmouth scramble.

GAME NOTES: It is the third season in a row that Franzen has injured a knee in October against the Blackhawks. The Red Wings recalled C Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids to replace Franzen on the roster. ... Backstrom is the first NHL player in three years to have 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in his team's first four games. ... Ovechkin and Datsyuk are good friends and the two-time defending Selke Trophy winner as the NHL's best defensive forward shadowed Ovechkin.

scoring summary
1st Period
Matt Bradley (1) ASST: Tom Poti (2), Boyd Gordon (1)
1 - 0 WSH
Ville Leino (2) ASST: Daniel Cleary (2), Valtteri Filppula (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
PPG - Jason Williams (1) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (2), Valtteri Filppula (2)
2 - 1 DET
3rd Period
PPG - Brendan Morrison (3) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (5)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (2) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (2), Brian Rafalski (2)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Chris Clark  Tripping against  Niklas Kronwall
Mike Green  Holding against  Valtteri Filppula
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Matt Bradley
2nd Period
Alexander Semin  Slashing against  Nicklas Lidstrom
Alexander Semin  Interference against  Todd Bertuzzi
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
3rd Period
Derek Meech  Boarding against  Quintin Laing
Mike Green  Hooking against  Ville Leino
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 37TOI: 58:53
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .919SH: 1 - 1
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 24TOI: 59:56
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
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