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Red Wings postgame: Detroit capitalizes in overtime

The Detroit Red Wings traveled to Washington D.C. to face the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. After blowing a 5-2 lead to the New York Islanders on Friday night in a 7-6 overtime loss, the Red Wings were looking for a bounce-back game.

It took a little longer than 60 minutes and featured another blown three-goal lead, but the Red Wings grabbed two points, winning 5-4 in overtime.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Red Wings’ penalty kill was tested early, as Luke Glendening took a tripping penalty just 3:21 into the game. The PK continued to struggle, as Alex Ovechkin rocketed a slapper short side from his favorite position and gave the Capitals an early 1-0 lead.

About nine minutes later, Justin Abdelkader stole the puck from Matt Niskanen and showed some sick moves, deking Braden Holtby and tying the game at 1-1.

The first period ended in a 1-1 tie, as the Capitals led 18-16 in shot attempts (Red Wings led 15-10 at 5 on 5) and led 8-6 in shots (Red Wings led 6-5 at 5 on 5).

The Red Wings dominated the second period but had nothing to show for it until an onslaught of three goals in the final three minutes of the period.

After some poor rebound control by Holtby, Glendening picked up the loose puck and gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.

Just nine seconds later, Henrik Zetterberg stripped Niskanen of the puck from behind the net and found a wide-open Anthony Mantha for the 3-1 lead.

As the second period wind down, Dylan Larkin intercepted a pass, dropped a pass to Tomas Tatar while driving the net, and Tatar wristed a shot over Holtby’s glove to give Detroit a 4-1 lead.

The Red Wings outattempted the Capitals 30-5 in the second period (24-5 at 5 on 5) and outshot them 17-2 (14-2 at 5 on 5).

The Capitals came out hot in the third period, as Brett Connolly took a Jay Beagle pass in the slot and beat Jimmy Howard to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Capitals kept the pressure on throughout the third period. At the 14:02 mark, Dmitry Orlov executed a nice give-and-go with Devante Smith-Pelly to cut the Red Wings’ lead to 4-3.

With less than two minutes remaining, Danny DeKeyser took a holding call to put the Capitals on the 6-on-4 power play. And, for the second time in as many games, the Red Wings blew a three-goal lead, as Nicklas Backstrom wristed a shot past Howard from the top of the right faceoff circle to tie the game at 4-4.

The Capitals outattempted the Red Wings 24-10 in the third period (18-9 at 5 on 5) and outshot them 15-5 (14-4 at 5 on 5).

Despite coming into overtime with a 1-8 record, the Red Wings came out with a win, as Larkin made a nice pass to Tatar, who pulled the puck back against the grain in the crease to beat Holtby for the 5-4 overtime win.

THE STATS

Another wild game for the Red Wings, as they dominated in the second period and appeared to be on their way to a win, but three goals in the third period tied the game for the Capitals.

Frans Nielsen and Nick Jensen each had two assists, and Andreas Athanasiou led the team with a plus-11 5 on 5 shot attempts differential in addition to his one assist.

For the Capitals, Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Beagle and John Carlson each had two assists.

MOTOR CITY MVP

Tonight’s Motor City MVP is Tatar for scoring two goals, including the game winner in overtime. Tatar now has 14 goals and 10 assists in 54 games.

NEXT UP

The Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m. EST, and you can watch the game on Fox Sports Detroit. As always, Brock Seguin will have your pre-game report late Tuesday morning to get you ready for the game.