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Recap: Sorry Mike! Caps Clip Wings 3-2 in Shootout

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It took a shootout to settle Mike Green's homecoming to Washington as the Capitals clipped the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.

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Sixty minutes wasn't enough on Tuesday as the Washington Capitals downed the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout on a night that saw a heartfelt Jumbotron tribute to Mike Green, an Ovechkin goal, and some not-half-bad goaltending.

Here's Tuesday night's Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: Trotz claimed the Capitals were comfortable playing for a shootout, and boy does it sure seem like it. With the clinical deadliness of T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov, plus Holtby gumming things up at the other end, this is one quirk of the game of hockey that plays to the Caps' advantage.
  • Minus: Andre, oh Andre. Burakovsky had the second-least ice time of any skater on the team and saw himself demoted to the fourth line on a night when he made at least one indirect goal-causing mistake.

And now, this...

Ten more notes on the game:

  • Justin Williams got the scoring going just 43 seconds into the game with a nifty, reaching backhand. He is just so good with the puck it makes me want to blush.
  • Henrik Zetterberg, alleged Swede and unconfirmed human being, tied the game at 1-1 with a knick-knack-paddywhack one-timer from a beautiful cross-crease pass from Dylan Larkin.
  • A butt-awful brain-fart-cum-miscue by Taylor Chorney and especially Dmitry Orlov behind the net allowed Tomas Jurco to get wide open in front of the net and embarass a helpless, nigh-fetal Holtby to make it 2-1 Detroit in the second period.
  • Alex Ovechkin, Lord Baron of Goalmouth, showed us all why crashing the net is never out of style, tying the game 2-2 late in the third period with a put-back tapper en route to the crease. He has 28 shots against the Red Wings in three meetings this season.
  • Finally, FINALLY, an all-around positive game for John Carlson. No glaring errors to think of, and an all-heart sell-out block with his body to keep the game tied with just seconds left tell you all you need to know about why Captain America is the first defenseman on the roster.
  • Say what you will about 3-vs-3 overtime (and I'm sure you will), but I love it. If there is to be any overtime at ALL, I'd rather it be the backyard, no-rules goof-fest that these exhibitions are.
  • T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals in the shootout and Holtby stopped the first two he faced, and this baby was cake. 3-2 Washington.
  • Braden Holtby had another solid if unspectacular game. The real goaltending stud was at the other end of the ice: Jimmy Howard stopped 38 shots.
  • Mike Green seemed to appreciate the lovely in-arena tribute to him and his time in D.C. What he enjoyed less was not getting on the score sheet and taking a holding penalty on an Ovechkin breakaway. Unknown how he felt about the scattered whooping (hooting?) from some fans in the stands.
  • Andre Burakovsky just can't seem to get out of the dog house. After a bad pass caused his line to ice the puck to relieve the pressure, the ensuing face-off immediately led to a Detroit goal. After well-publicized troubles this season, Burakovsky saw the least ice time vs. Detroit of any player not named Michael Latta.

A juicy victory for Washington spoils the night for Green like leaving the collards out uncovered. Next up for the Capitals is the Panthers on Thursday in Florida.

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