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>>caption: FILPPULA (#51) HAD
ASSISTS ON BOTH DETROIT GOALS<<
@ WASHINGTON, DC:
The Red Wings outplayed the Capitals
Tuesday night, but had nothing to show for
it and lost 3-2.
Getting his first start in goal and making
only his second appearance since DEC 20TH,
Chris Osgood gave up a pair of 3rd-Per goals
just 46-sec apart as the Capitals erased a
2-1 Wings lead.
Caps goalie Jose Theodore stole this one
for Washington as Detroit outshot their hosts
46-23. The Red Wing checkers held Capitals
superstar Alex Ovechkin without a shot on
goal for just the third time in his NHL career.
The Red Wings outshot the Capitals 15-3 in a scoreless 1st-Per where Washington
didn't get its first shot until the 15th minute of play.
Detroit got on the scoreboard first at 4:17/2. Dan Cleary (#10) shovel backhanded
Valtteri Filppula's rebound as Cleary skated past the net on the left wing and was
knocked to the ice.
Washington tied it 1-all at 18:05/2 on a quick, up-ice, 3-way passing play that
found Matt Bradley (#8) in behind Detroit DEF Jonathan Ericsson for a wrist shot.
The Wings went ahead a second time on another Filppula assisted goal at 11:07/3.
Fil fired a pass from along the left boards to Brian Rafalski (#4), who jumped up into
the rush for a snapshot from the top inside edge of the right circle.
The Caps evened the game again at 13:15/3. With Todd Bertuzzi in the penalty
box on a tripping call, Ovechkin moved the puck to Nicklas Backstrom (#20) who moved
around Detroit DEF Brad Stuart and wristered from below the left circle through Ozzie's
Less than a minute later the Caps struck again with the game winner at 14:01/3.
Osgood stopped Alexander Semin's right point slapshot, but David Steckel (#4) worked
inside to pot the rebound underneath Osgood.
The Red Wings fell to 5-3-3 in their last 11 games.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "We played real well...Their goaltender was good
from start to finish...They're a high-scoring team and they don't need many chances
R-WINGS Rt-WING TODD BERTUZZI: "I thought we had enough chances to put 'em
away...A stupid, stupid penalty by me [leading to Washington's second goal]...I was
just careless with my stick...It's pretty deflating. We were outskating them, playing well."
R-WINGS GOALIE CHRIS OSGOOD: "It was tough. I haven’t played in a month. I think
if I played a little more -- they were good goals, but still I would have stopped them if
I were in more of a groove. It was tough, especially against a team that doesn’t shoot
a lot but waits for their best chances...Howie was playing great, but...Obviously, it was
frustrating not playing for that length of time."
CAPS CEN NICKLAS BACKSTROM: "I think we played good defense and Jose played a
good game...[We were] a little but lucky tonight...I've been playing with good players
most of the time...and I get good passes."
Tuesday's result tied the season series 1-1 in the two scheduled meetings
between Washington and Detroit. The Red Wings edged the Capitals by the same
3-2 score with Osgood in goal back on OCT 10TH at The Joe.
The Caps are 17-3-3 at home this season including winning their last five in a row
and 10 of their last 11. Washington's last loss at Verizon Center was DEC 28TH vs
division rival Carolina.
Caps DEF Mike Green got the first assist on Washington's first goal for his 50th
scoring point of the season to extend his scoring streak to nine games.
Detroit concludes its two game road trip Thursday night at Minnesota.
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