WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings beat the Washington
Capitals with their special teams.
Henrik Zetterberg scored two power-play goals and Nicklas
Lidstrom added a power-play goal and two assists to lead Detroit to
a 4-3 victory Friday night
The Red Wings, who are 5-0-0 when they score three power-play
goals, were 3-for-6 with the man advantage. The Capitals, 29th in
the NHL on the power play, were 1-for-7.
"Our power play has been good all year long and we've got good
players on the net front who did a real good job for us," coach
Mike Babcock said of the Red Wings, who are No. 1 in the league's
power play/penalty kill rankings at 25 percent.
"We've got guys who can shoot it and we've got guys who can
make plays. I thought our penalty kill was pretty good, too."
The Capitals rank 29th among 30 teams in the same statistical
category, but coach Glen Hanlon wasn't upset after this setback.
"We played great from start to finish," Hanlon said. "Detroit
is a great hockey team. I don't think you come in and expect to
dominate the Red Wings. ... These guys are great. The make me
smile, even in defeat. I can hardly wait until we start winning
Lidstrom scored the winning goal on a power play that gave
Detroit a 4-2 lead with 2:53 left in the third period. Pavel
Datsyuk also scored for the Red Wings.
"The power play was working," Lidstrom said. "We were taking
the shots when they were there."
Datsyuk gave Detroit its first lead at 3-2 on an unassisted goal
at 4:01 of the third period. He deked right and fired a shot left
over goalie Olaf Kolzig's right shoulder for his 10th goal of the
Zetterberg made it 2-2 with his second goal of the game on a
power play at 5:27 of the second period. Kolzig made a nifty save
with the Capitals playing two men down, but Zetterberg stuffed home
a rebound for his 13th goal of the season.
"I think it's good to see we play good in a tight game,"
Zetterberg said. "I think it's one of the biggest reasons we won
The Capitals took a 2-1 lead on Pettinger's short-handed goal at
2:54 of the second period.
"That was all Clarkie there," Pettinger said of the assist
from Chris Clark. "I just drove to the net. Clarkie made a very
Zetterberg tied it at 1 with a power-play goal with 1:54
remaining in the first period.
Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 5:23 of the first
period with his 18th goal of the season. Bryan Muir rebounded
Heward's shot from the point and pushed the puck to Ovechkin, who
scored on a wrist shot from just inside the right circle.
The Capitals, who outshot the Red Wings 11-7 in the first
period, took three shots but did not score with a two-man advantage
midway through the third period.
"We had a chance to score 5-on-3," Ovechkin said. "I shoot it
and I miss it. We need better shots. If you shoot, you must score
The Capitals failed to manage a shot during two straight power
plays in the second.
This was the only meeting between the teams scheduled for
this season. ... Entering Friday's play, Ovechkin led NHL rookies
in goals (17), points (30), power-play goals (7) and shots (135).
He also leads the league with four shootout goals. ... Twenty-five
years ago on Dec. 9, 1978, the Capitals posted their first victory
on Canadian ice, a 7-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The
franchise previously was 0-29-2 on the road against Canadian clubs.
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Arena: Verizon Center Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Tom Kowal Linesmen: Derek Amell, David Brisebois
Attendance: 18,277 (99.3% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Alex Ovechkin (18)
(Power Play) Assists: Bryan Muir, Jamie Heward
Henrik Zetterberg (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Tomas Holmstrom, Nicklas Lidstrom
Matt Pettinger (7)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Chris Clark, Jamie Heward
Henrik Zetterberg (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Brendan Shanahan, Nicklas Lidstrom
Pavel Datsyuk (10)
Assist: Brendan Shanahan
Nicklas Lidstrom (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Pavel Datsyuk, Mathieu Schneider
Jamie Heward (3)
Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Jeff Halpern