“Say it ain’t so Joe”…Louis Arena. Tonight the Caps defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout causing Detroit to lose their seventh straight home game, which is the worst winless streak at home for the Wings since 1996-97. Washington has now won ten of their last eleven shootouts with this win. The Red Wings have now lost nine games of their last twelve.
One major highlight for the Caps was center Michael Latta scoring the first NHL goal of his career in the third period to tie the game, Capitals Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin also scored goals during regulation time. After a scoreless overtime period Nicklas Backstrom scored what would be the winning goal in the shootout. Also Capitals defencemen Steve Oleksy, a Michigan native, was able to score an assist on the first goal of the game in front of his family members in this homecoming.
The Caps despite the victory struggled on the power play as well as the penalty kill. Washington’s power play, which is the best in the NHL was shutdown in all four of their chances, and their penalty kill (2nd in NHL) gave two power play goals to the Red Wings. Both of the Red Wings power play goals were due to penalties on Caps forward Tom Wilson, who has been known to be a real goon at times.
This game was the first of three meetings between these two teams, they will play again on New Years Eve in Detroit. The Caps next game will be with the St. Louis Blues on November 17th at 6:00pm/ET at the Verizon Center.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)