Red Wings edge Caps 3-2 to snap streak
Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 10:19 PM
DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal of the game with 10:07 remaining, and the Detroit Red Wings snapped the Washington Capitals' nine-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 2 and Detroit on a power play, Zetterberg flipped the puck on net from a severe angle to goalie Michal Neuvirth's left. Neuvirth appeared to have his near post covered, but the puck went past his glove and into the net.
Valtteri Filppula added a goal for Detroit, and Brian Rafalski, who hadn't played since Feb. 24 because of an injured back, had three assists.
Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson scored for Washington, which missed a chance to move past Philadelphia into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Washington won six one-goal games as well as a shootout during its winning streak, but the Capitals never led against Detroit. After Zetterberg's second goal gave the Red Wings the lead, Alexander Semin took a pass from Ovechkin and skated in on goalie Jimmy Howard, but Howard was able to poke the puck away.
Detroit withstood one more scare in the final seconds when Semin's seemingly harmless shot from the point hit the post.
Zetterberg opened the scoring in the first period, beating Neuvirth with a slap shot over the goalie's left shoulder. Washington tied it 33 seconds later when Carlson scored from the top of the right circle.
Filppula put the Red Wings back ahead with 5:15 left in the first. Rafalski took a shot from the point, and Filppula was able to deflect it in as Detroit created traffic in front.
Ovechkin tied it in the second, taking a pass from Semin and skating in on defenseman Brad Stuart. Ovechkin's wrist shot went through Stuart's legs and over Howard's right shoulder for his 29th goal of the season.
Immediately after that, Mike Knuble came in alone on Howard but wasn't able to put Washington ahead.
Late in the second, Todd Bertuzzi took a shot that slipped past Neuvirth but went wide. The goalie stood motionless next to the post - apparently believing he was freezing the puck for a faceoff - for several seconds while the teams played on. Detroit wasn't able to take advantage.
NOTES: Washington D Dennis Wideman went down briefly near the end of the second period after he appeared to be hit in the chest with a shot. He got up quickly. ... Detroit recalled G Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids of the AHL before the game. ... Knuble set up Detroit's winning power play with an offensive-zone tripping penalty. ... Detroit outshot Washington 35-28.