FINAL
NSH
2
CGY
0
FINAL OT
MIN
2
VAN
3
FINAL
SJS
4
BOS
2
FINAL OT
TOR
5
MTL
4
FINAL
CBJ
3
OTT
4
FINAL
STL
4
PHI
2
FINAL
NJD
1
PIT
4
FINAL
DET
1
WSH
7
FINAL
CAR
3
WPG
5
FINAL
BUF
0
TBL
3
FINAL
NYI
2
FLA
4
FINAL SO
COL
5
CHI
4
FINAL
NYR
0
EDM
2
FINAL
DAL
0
LAK
1
DET
48-28-6
WSH
42-32-8

33 SOG
25 SOG

Capitals stay perfect by routing Wings 7-1

NHL.com | Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 10:40 PM

The Washington Capitals stretched their perfect start to seven games with their best effort of the season and left themselves as the NHL's only unbeaten team.

Defenseman Mike Green scored twice and set up two other goals as the Caps steamrolled Detroit 7-1 before a full house of 18,506 at the Verizon Center, handing the Red Wings their first loss in six games this season. Mathieu Perreault also scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist as the Caps had their biggest offensive output against Detroit since a 9-4 win on Feb. 25, 1990.

In all, 14 Caps hit the scoresheet, and all four lines had goals at even strength.

"It shows that we got a lot of depth and everyone can score every night," Perreault said. "It makes our team pretty tough to play against. You got to get out there with four lines ready to go every night because our four lines are ready to go every night. It feels pretty good right now."

It was only the second time in NHL history that two teams with records of at least 5-0 had faced off. The other occurred Oct. 23, 1986, when the 7-0 Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the 5-0 Flyers in Philadelphia. The Wings were trying to match the team record for wins at the start of a season -- they won their first six games in 1972-73.

The fifth win came Friday night at home against Columbus, and the back-to-back games may have taken a toll -- the seven goals were the most allowed by the Wings this season. Detroit had allowed just four in its previous four games.

Green opened the scoring at the 14-minute mark of the first period with a power-play goal, With Todd Bertuzzi off for boarding, Green cut through the right circle and fired a cross-ice feed from Backstrom past goalie Ty Conklin. Marcus Johansson made it 2-0 just 61 seconds later, beating Conklin at the left post for his fourth of the season after a turnover in the Detroit zone by Cory Emmerton.

Green finished off a feed from Alex Ovechkin at 4:49 of the second period for another power-play goal before the Wings got on the board at 11:05, converting Pavel Datsyuk's pass with Detroit on a 5-on-3 power play. It was the only one of Detroit's 33 shots to get past Tomas Vokoun, who won his sixth in a row.

"Honestly, I was lucky a couple of times, some desperation saves," Vokoun said. "Sometimes they go in and sometimes you are just fortunate that the guy is not able to lift the puck or something, but saying that you battle and you work for your luck. [Detroit is] obviously a very good team. Very skillful, very tough, skate hard, put pressure the right way. I mean it was a whole lot closer game than 7-1 or whatever the score was."

Wings coach Mike Babcock said the goaltending made a big difference.

"Vokoun made saves and gave their guys an opportunity and our guy [had] a tough time," Babcock said of Conklin, who allowed seven goals on just 25 shots. After the Caps killed a second 5-on-3 power play, they got the backbreaker when Matt Hendricks' shot dribbled through Conklin's pads and Perreault tapped in a loose puck with 7.6 seconds left in the period for a 4-1 lead.

"We tried crawling back in the game and I thought we had an opportunity with the power plays there in the second and their guys had some good [penalty] kills," Babcock said. "Vokoun made some good saves and the fourth one buried us and we never really got on track at all in the third period and they scored at will."

Joel Ward, Perreault and Backstrom scored in the third period against Conklin, who was making just his second appearance of the season -- he hadn't played since shutting out Colorado in Denver two weeks ago.

Despite what turned into an easy win, Caps coach Bruce Boudreau was still impressed with the Wings.

"The score definitely wasn't a 7-1 game," Boudreau said, "I'm sitting behind the bench and going, 'That's one fantastic team.' The first 10 minutes, it came at you in waves. They are so fast and they know where everybody is. The difference was our goalie was better than their goalie tonight. I think they just ran out of steam, with their second game in two nights, in the second period."

It was a nightmarish 1,500th NHL game for Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who assisted on Niklas Kronwall's second-period goal and finished with five shots but was minus-1 in 22:33 of ice time. He became the 14th player to reach the 1,500-game mark.

"It was nice to see the crowd's reaction when they announced it," Lidstrom said. "I was happy that the Capitals organization announced it, too. Class act on their bench, as well, for standing up and giving me an applause there."

Material from team media was used in this report

1st2nd3rdT
DET
WSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:00WSH PPG - Mike Green (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (8), Alex Ovechkin (3) 1 - 0 WSH
15:01WSH Marcus Johansson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Semin (4), Mike Knuble (4) 2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
04:59WSH PPG - Mike Green (3) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (4), Dennis Wideman (5) 3 - 0 WSH
11:05DET PPG - Niklas Kronwall (1) Slapshot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (3), Nicklas Lidstrom (2) 3 - 1 WSH
19:52WSH Mathieu Perreault (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Hendricks (2), Mike Green (2) 4 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
08:17WSH Joel Ward (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brooks Laich (3), Mike Green (3) 5 - 1 WSH
11:19WSH Mathieu Perreault (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Halpern (2), Matt Hendricks (3) 6 - 1 WSH
17:21WSH Nicklas Backstrom (2) Tip-in - ASST: John Carlson (2), Troy Brouwer (2) 7 - 1 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Mike Green
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:09
Tomas Vokoun
2nd
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .970SH: 1-1
Mathieu Perreault
3rd
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 10:20
Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:39DET Todd Bertuzzi  Boarding against  John Carlson
18:09DET Jiri Hudler  Boarding against  Dennis Wideman
2nd Period
04:09DET Cory Emmerton  Hi-sticking against  Mathieu Perreault
09:10WSH Matt Hendricks  Hooking against  Darren Helm
10:39WSH Roman Hamrlik  Delay of game
13:22WSH Alexander Semin  Hi-sticking against  Jonathan Ericsson
14:44WSH Marcus Johansson  Tripping against  Henrik Zetterberg
3rd Period
08:40DET Ian White  Tripping against  Roman Hamrlik
shots by period
PeriodDETWSH
1st108
2nd166
3rd711
Total3325
Team Stats
CategoryDETWSH
Power Plays1/42/4
Hits2224
Faceoff Wins3429
Giveaways1515
Takeaways88
Blocked Shots1115
Penalty Minutes88
  • DETROIT
  • WASHINGTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. KindlD00-31013:43
5N. LidstromD01-15022:33
8J. AbdelkaderL00-12017:02
11D. ClearyR00-12016:45
13P. DatsyukC01-14018:11
17P. EavesR00-10010:30
18I. WhiteD0003221:51
23B. StuartD00-12020:09
26J. HudlerC00-20215:08
40H. ZetterbergL00-14018:52
43D. HelmC0000017:27
44T. BertuzziR00-12215:18
48C. EmmertonC00-1129:46
51V. FilppulaC00-22014:37
52J. EricssonD00-33015:35
55N. KronwallD10-22023:45
76F. BrunnstromL00-1008:09
93J. FranzenR00-30015:28
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29T. Conklin1825.72060:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6D. WidemanD0112019:45
8A. OvechkinR0211016:14
15J. HalpernC0123012:41
19N. BackstromC1113015:34
20T. BrouwerR0111015:10
21B. LaichC0111017:16
22M. KnubleR0112016:31
25J. ChimeraL0010015:17
26M. HendricksC0222210:25
27K. AlznerD0020017:38
28A. SeminR0110215:28
42J. WardR1011014:53
44R. HamrlikD0021221:23
52M. GreenD2223022:09
55J. SchultzD0010017:08
74J. CarlsonD0121019:12
85M. PerreaultC2022010:20
90M. JohanssonC1012215:01
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29T. Vokoun3233.97060:00