Washington traveled to Detroit to pick up their 21st and 22nd points in the month of November with a 5 to 2 victory over the Red Wings.
Here’s Saturday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Alex Ovechkin’s three goal game extends his scoring streak to three games.
Minus: The Capitals committed three penalties in the first period and four on the night, including a too many men violation. Silly stuff early in the contest.
And now, this...
Eight more notes on the game:
- Two quick first period penalties whistled 2:52 apart put Washington’s penalty killers in a crunch early on. 27 seconds into the second minor penalty Robby Fabbri tallied his sixth goal of the season by roofing the puck up and over Ilya Samsonov’s left side.
- A little more than two minutes into the second period T.J. Oshie tallied a power play goal of his own to tie the game. With Dylan Larkin in the penalty box Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jakub Vrana worked the puck to Oshie in the slot and he hammered home his chance.
- Seven minutes later Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead with a nifty wrap around shot. After freezing Jonathan Bernier on the nearside Ovechkin danced around the net and wired home his 18th of the season like he was 25 years old again.
- Kuznetsov picked up his second assist of the evening on Ovechkin’s goal.
- In the third period Tom Wilson extended Washington’s lead to two by burning Nemeth around the dot and depositing the puck between Bernier’s pads. And good thing, too.
- Because nine seconds later Luke Glendening wired home a hard shot from the slot that beat Samsonov to draw the Red Wings within one once again.
- But Ovechkin would pot his second into an empty net with 95 seconds to play to put the game out of reach. And forty second later the Captain did it one more for the hat trick and twentieth of the season.
- Samsonov turned aside 25 Detroit shots (.926 S%) for his sixth NHL victory in his ninth appearance. The youngster was spectacular at times and strong throughout an impressive second star performance.