Jan 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) celebrates after the game against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap | Detroit Red Wings: 4 - Washington Capitals: 3

Henrik Zetterberg made his return tonight and it led to a dominate performance by the Detroit Red Wings.

In the first period the Red Wings were all over the Washington Capitals, only allowing them five shots on net compared to the twenty-two by Detroit, but a DeKeyser tripping penalty 14:18 into the period was exactly what the Capitals needed. The Red Wings paid a lot of attention to Alex Ovechkin on the power play, which is a smart move, but they left Jason Chimera all alone at the backdoor and Nicklas Backstrom found him for the easy tip in.

The second period was another dominate period for Detroit and led to a strange game tying goal by Drew Miller (his 50th goal in his career) after Michal Neuvirth tried to poke the loose puck away from Miller. Miller blocked the chiped puck and both Patrick Eaves and Luke Glendening had a shot at scoring before Miller knocked the puck into the empty net. The Red Wings were not done scoring in the second and a face-off win from Riley Sheahan led to a blast from Danny DeKeyser for his third goal of the season

In the third period a defensive breakdown led to Casey Wellman scoring off of his third rebound; Niklas Kronwall needed to knock him down or clear the puck and neither happened. Thankfully Gustav Nyquist streaking down the ice and Justin Abdelkader occupying both defensemen, Nyquist was able to put the puck past Neuvirth to get the lead back. It looked like that would be the game winner, but Alex Ovechkin blasted a puck on net that might have been tipped out front and it beat Jimmy Howard and the game went to overtime.

Overtime led to a few chance for each time, but since there were no goals it was time for the skills competition and it was full of butt-clenching action. Neuvirth stopped six Red Wings before Patrick Eaves snapped a shot past his glove and then Jimmy Howard shut the door on Jay Beagle to with the shootout in the seventh round.

The Red Wings ended up winning the game 3-2 in the shootout, but the Red Wings dominated the game from beginning to end.

Now to the bullet points:

  • Danny DeKeyser was the victim of another poor call by the referee after being taken down by Marin Erat.
  • While DeKeyser did trip Erat, it should have been at least coincidental minors or nothing for either.
  • The Wings’ fourth line was fantastic all game and controlled the puck in the Capitals zone for a lot of time they were on the ice.
  • Patrick Eaves has been solid in shootouts this season and deserves a chance to be a regular.
  • Jakub Kindl was in for Brian Lashoff tonight and he did not impress. I would much prefer to see Lashoff in on Sunday than Kindl.
  • The game was the 3,000th at home in Red Wings history.

The Red Wings head to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Capitals at 12:30 p.m.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recap of the Red Wings game against the Capitals. Take care and thanks for reading.

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