Red Wings fall 5-2 to Ovechkin, Capitals; loss streak now at 9
Washington defenseman Michal Kempny and Tyler Bertuzzi skate after a faceoff during the second period Saturday.
It's difficult to figure out what’s worse about the Red Wings' current slide: That they have lost nine straight (0-7-2) or that they have been outscored 24-4 in their last five games.
Whichever is the worse, both are the case after Detroit’s 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.
“When you’re not winning the way we’re not winning, you can plug one hole and all the sudden the next one opens up,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “The thing is, if we don’t play good defensively, then you have nights like Toronto (Wednesday's 6-0 loss), and you have no chance to win a hockey game. We have to make sure that we keep putting ourselves in position to win hockey games.”
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead with 8:13 left in the first period on Robby Fabbri’s power-play goal. It was his sixth of the season and fifth with Detroit.
It was also his second goal in two games. He scored Detroit's only goal in its 6-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. He was set up by Dylan Larkin, who got his first point in eight games.
On Saturday’s game, Larkin could see the positive in the loss.
“I thought we came out and had a great first period at home,” he said. “We generated chances. Our power play wasn’t anywhere near good enough, but we didn’t quit. It was a one-goal game there at the end. You can’t wait until the last minute to score goals.
“I liked our effort. I thought it was a great response from last night.”
But Washington scored twice in the second period – T.J. Oshie’s power-play goal and the first goal of Alex Ovechkin’s 24th career hat trick – to take a 2-1 lead. The Caps never surrendered that lead.
Tom Wilson made it 3-1 with 5:37 left. Just nine seconds later, Luke Glendening brought it back to a one-goal deficit at 3-2.
But Ovechkin scored two empty-net goals in the last 1:35 to complete his hat trick and clinch the win for the Capitals.
Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves.
Detroit acquired American Hockey League goalie Eric Comrie from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for minor league D Vili Saarijarvi. Calvin Pickard was recalled from Grand Rapids and played in Friday in Philadelphia after Jimmy Howard suffered a lower body injury in Wednesday’s 6-0 loss to Toronto. Howard is on the injured list.
... The Red Wings also assigned Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids.