Tatar Scores in OT to Lift Red Wings Past Capitals

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: Tomas Tatar
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: Tomas Tatar /
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The Detroit Red Wings avoided another embarrassing loss on Sunday afternoon as Tomas Tatar scored in overtime to give the away side the victory.

It looked as if the Wings were in for a repeat performance from Friday night’s third-period collapse to the New York Islanders which resulted in a 7-6 loss. A 4-1 lead entering the third period was dwindled down throughout the final period which led to an exciting finish.

How it Happened

Alex Ovechkin got the scoring underway just four minutes into the game with his 33rd goal of the season.

Justin Abdelkader tied things up nicely for the Wings later in the period following a Capitals turnover at center ice.

The final five minutes of the second period was where the Red Wings pulled away from the Capitals. Luke Glendening scored at the 16:53 mark of the second to start the scoring spree.

Nine seconds later, Henrik Zetterberg found Anthony Mantha wide open in front of goal to make it 3-2.

Tatar scored his first goal of the afternoon with 10 seconds left in the second period. His effort was arguably one of the top goals of the season for the Red Wings thus far.

The Capitals reversed roles with the Wings in the third period as they would score three of their own to force overtime.

Brett Connolly got the home side off to a good start with a goal two minutes into the final period.

Dmitry Orlov was up next as he slotted home a one-timer for his eighth goal of the season.

Nicklas Backstrom scored on the power play with just 16 seconds left in the game to force overtime.

Our highlights end with Tatar’s winner in overtime. Dylan Larkin sets up the forward for another sweet finish.

Game Notes

  • Nick Jensen, Frans Nielsen, Tatar, and Larkin all finished with two points.
  • Jimmy Howard stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced. This was his first win since Jan 5th.
  • The Red Wings outshot the Capitals 29 to 27.

Up Next

The Red Wings return back home to host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.