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Red Wings 4, Capitals 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 4, Capitals 3, SO
Washington Capitals 3, Detroit Red Wings 4

DETROIT (AP) -Pavel Datsyuk changed his shootout technique, and Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler followed his lead.

Each scored in the shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday night. All three used the same move, a fake and a backhand shot to beat Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig in the shootout.

Datsyuk has a dazzling array of moves on shootouts and breakaways, but said he hasn't scored on his past few. He was stopped by Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun on a penalty shot on Saturday night.

"I tried to do it a bit easier," said Datsyuk. "Went to the backhand."

Tomas Holmstrom had two goals, Zetterberg a goal and an assist and Datsyuk three assists in regulation for NHL-leading Detroit. Dominik Hasek made 27 saves.

Alexander Ovechkin, Jeff Schultz and Alexander Semin, who also had a shootout goal, scored for Washington. Kolzig stopped 27 shots.

Hasek stopped Ovechkin, who skated in alone, 3:27 into overtime.

Semin's power-play goal tied the game 3-3 with 1:34 left in the third period. Datsyuk was in the penalty box for delay of game after he accidentally cleared the puck over the glass in his own zone with 2:54 left.

"I really believe we deserved two (points)," Capitals interim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But that's why they're No. 1 because every chance they get, they take advantage of it."

It looked as if Holmstrom, who returned after missing two games with a sore knee, would be the hero when he tipped in Datsyuk's spectacular pass, from the bottom of the left circle, for his 16th goal to give Detroit a 3-2 lead with 4:43 left.

"It's always nice to score," Holmstrom said. "I felt a little rusty but I tried to make it simple out there."

Zetterberg tied the game at 2 with a power-play goal with 9:34 left in the second period. He beat Kolzig with a one-time slap shot from the right circle for his 24th goal.

Holmstrom opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:37 into the game. He tipped in Nicklas Lidstrom's pass for his 15th goal of the season.

Ovechkin tied it with a power-play goal of his own at 9:58, 2 seconds after Hudler was whistled for holding. Michael Nylander won the face-off, in the right circle, back to Ovechkin, who then put a wrist shot in off of Hasek for his 24th goals.

Schultz gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead with 26 seconds left in the opening period when his shot from the point deflected off Holmstrom, who slid in an attempt to black the shot, into the air and fluttered past Hasek into the net.

"I didn't think we were as good as we could've been from the start," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Notes: Linesman Steve Barton left the game 1:10 into the opening period after Zetterberg checked Washington's Nicklas Backstrom into Barton, whose jaw was slammed into the glass. He was down on the ice for about a minute as Detroit trainer Piet Van Zant attended to him, eventually helping him off the ice. Barton returned in the second period ... It was Ovechkin's first game at Joe Louis Arena. The Capitals last played in Detroit Nov. 24, 2003, and Ovechkin is in his third season. He and Zetterberg are tied for second in the league in goals. Ovechkin and Datsyuk were teammates with Moscow Dynamo during the lockout. Datsyuk waited outside the Capitals dressing room for Ovechkin after the game and they chatted. ... Red Wings C Kris Draper (knee) and LW Kirk Maltby (back) didn't play. ... Red Wings' RW Mikael Samuelsson injured his elbow when he was checked hard into the boards by Donald Brashear 9:41 into the second period. Brashear received a roughing penalty and Zetterberg scored. Samuelsson returned in the third period.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:57
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (15) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (25), Pavel Datsyuk (26)
1 - 0 DET
09:58
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (24) ASST: Michael Nylander (21)
1 - 1 Tie
19:34
WSH
Jeff Schultz (5) ASST: Matt Bradley (4), Quintin Laing (1)
2 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
10:26
DET
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (24) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (27), Nicklas Lidstrom (26)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
15:17
DET
Tomas Holmstrom (16) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (28), Henrik Zetterberg (23)
3 - 2 DET
18:26
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (3) ASST: Tom Poti (11)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDDETWSH
1P. DatsyukV. Kozlov
2H. ZetterbergA. Semin
3J. Hudler
penalty summary
1st Period
02:01
WSH
Michael Nylander  Hooking against  Nicklas Lidstrom
09:56
DET
Jiri Hudler  Holding against  Donald Brashear
11:26
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Mike Green
2nd Period
03:52
WSH
Viktor Kozlov  Hooking against  Brett Lebda
09:41
WSH
Donald Brashear  Roughing against  Mikael Samuelsson
12:06
DET
Johan Franzen  Boarding against  Michael Nylander
15:07
WSH
Brian Pothier  Tripping against  Jiri Hudler
18:42
DET
Andreas Lilja  Tripping against  Alex Ovechkin
3rd Period
00:55
DET
Chris Chelios  Hi-sticking against  Mike Green
03:12
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Tripping against  Mike Green
17:06
DET
Pavel Datsyuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Olie Kolzig
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Dominik Hasek
SA: 30TOI: 64:50
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1