Red Wings blow lead, lose 4-3 to Caps in OT
Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana is sandwiched between Red Wings defensemen Jonathan Ericsson (52) and Trevor Daley (83).
It's a familiar theme for the Red Wings.
Play an outstanding game against a superior team, have the lead late, but can't hold onto it.
Detroit lost an overtime decision 4-3 to the Washington Capitals Friday, Oct. 20, at Little Caesars Arena for the Wings’ third consecutive loss.
T.J. Oshie's 6-on-4 power-play goal (with goalie Braden Holtby pulled for the extra attacker) with 1:01 left in regulation tied it, and Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal 1:56 into overtime gave Washington the win. It was Ovechkin's league-leading 10th goal.
"Obviously, disappointing in the last few minutes to be up and feel like you're going to win the game ..." said Tomas Tatar, who scored two goals and has three in his last two games.
Darren Helm added a shorthanded goal, and Petr Mrazek made 37 saves in his home debut this season. Detroit is 4-4-0.
"Overall, we did a lot of good things. But we've got to stay the course," said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. "We've lost three in a row, but we can't say we're playing badly."
Dylan Larkin was in the penalty box serving a delay of game penalty when Oshie poked in a loose puck from the crease with Mrazek out of position during a goal-mouth scramble to tie the game late in the third.
In the overtime period, defenseman Trevor Daley took a questionable tripping penalty against Ovechkin 1:08 in. And 48 seconds later, Ovechkin blasted one of his trademark one-time slap shots from the left circle past Mrazek to end the game.
"Would've like to have seen the game go longer," Zetterberg said. "We would have taken our chances with that."
Tatar's second goal of the game, with 7:15 left, gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead on the power play. He put in a one-timer from the right face-off dot off a cross-ice pass out of the corner from Zetterberg. It was Tatar's third goal of the season.
Tatar's first goal of the game made it 2-2, 5:24 into the third period. At the bottom of the left circle, Tatar tipped in Larkin's shot.
Jay Beagle's shorthanded goal 1:25 into the third period gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead. After a turnover by defenseman Mike Green at the Washington blue line, Beagle picked up the loose puck after Alex Chiasson chipped it past Green and was away. Beagle beat Mrazek high on the glove side with a forehand shot.
Helm's shorthanded goal 4:31 into the second period gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. He intercepted Ovechkin's pass in the Detroit zone, raced up the ice and fired a wrist shot from the top of the left circle to beat Holtby. It was Helm's first goal of the season.
Andre Burakovsky tied it 1-1 for the Capitals with 50 seconds left in the middle period. He beat Mrazek with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.
“We lost the specialty teams battle, so that was the difference," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We scored a shorty, they scored a shorty; we had one on the PP, they had two, so we got to make sure we turn that edge. I thought it was back and forth, I thought it was a good hockey game. I thought we played fairly well but we got to find a way to get results. We got to keep grinding.”
The Red Wings and forward Andreas Athanasiou agreed in principle to a one-year, $1.378-million contract. Athanasiou had been holding out and was skating in Switzerland. He is expected to join the team to begin practicing by the middle of next week. He was second on the team with 18 goals last season. ... It was defenseman Niklas Kronwall's 800th career game.