Pure domination describes the Detroit Red Wings victory on Tuesday night

Make it six straight victories for the Detroit Red Wings with their convincing 8-3 win over the Washington Capitals.

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The Detroit Red Wings continue to take care of their business, most recently beating the Washington Capitals, who entered the night trailing Detroit by a mere seven points in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.

Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals is Detroit's sixth straight victory, and it sets the stage for a massive game on Thursday night at home against the New York Islanders. Like Washington, the Patrick Roy-led Islanders are on the outside looking in when it comes to the wild-card race, sitting with 62 points, now trailing the Red Wings by ten.

The Detroit Red Wings keep shoveling coal into the hype train.

The Detroit Red Wings got a flurry of goals on Tuesday night, mostly showing off the tremendous depth general manager Steve Yzerman has built. Shayne Gostisbehere scored a pair of goals, the first time he's scored in 25 games. The veteran defenseman is now up to nine goals on the season. The Red Wings also got goals from Joe Veleno, J.T. Compher, Lucas Raymond, and Alex DeBrincat. Although not very busy (18 saves), Lyon made a couple of huge saves throughout the game. In addition to Gostisbehere, the multi-point players ended the night as follows: Raymond recorded three points (1G, 2A), and Larkin, Veleno, and Compher each finished with a goal and an assist. David Perron and Patrick Kane each added a pair of assists.

The Detroit crowd, another sellout, I may add, was having a blast on a school night. The crowd was chanting Jared Goff, which was later followed by Alex Lyon and Dylan Larkin chants; what a team Steve Yzerman has put together in Motown. Although the Red Wings don't have an Auston Matthews, head coach Derek Lalonde is finding the perfect balance among his roster. Detroit is getting contributions throughout their roster, from the backend and bottom-six forwards. On Tuesday, the Red Wings got goals from seven different players. On the season, Detroit has 12, count it, 12 players with ten or more goals, with Gostisbehere also one away.

The Compher goal was a short-handed tally late in the second period. It almost felt like the Capitals thought the Red Wings would just ice the puck and kill the period rather than get on their horse and create a scoring chance on an odd-man rush. Andrew Copp delivered a nice pass from the wall to set it up.

This DeBrincat goal late took the cake on the evening. Check out the tic-tac-toe passing between Dylan Larkin and Patrick Kane, topped off by a glorious finish from Alex DeBrincat. Incredible.

The Detroit Red Wings continue to prove to their boss that they should be buyers ahead of the NHL trade deadline for the first time in a long time. Again, next up for the Red Wings is a date with the Islanders on Thursday, followed by a Saturday matinee at home against the Florida Panthers.