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Caps Snap Their Streak And Continue The Wings’‏

I had seats behind the Away Goal, about five rows up, which gave me a good view on three of the Caps four goals in their win over Detroit. Before the game, I was really excited to see how the Caps would match up against the Wings, as well as just being plain excited to finally see the Wings in person. Zetterburg was still out with back spasms and Holmstrom was scratched with a groin injury but I still got to see Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Kronwall, Rafalski, and Hossa.

The game started quickly and both teams were playing “run and gun” hockey of sorts. I was impressed to see that even though Detroit was controlling the puck as much as one would expect a “puck-possession” team would, the Caps didn’t have to change their game plan and still got to play their brand of hockey. Though they did get in trouble with their outlet passes at times and Detroit’s defenseman held the line very well.

They traded goals late in the first period. Leino taking a pass from Datsyuk, driving the net, doing a half spin-o-rama and then pushing the puck past Theodore from the top of the crease while looking at Conklin. Then just a minute later Nylander, who has not been playing particularly well of late, fed the puck up to Jurcina who slapped one on net into a press of bodies, Kozlov managed to get a piece of it and deflected it past Conklin.

Green notched another after a good falling assist from Backstrom, and then Franzen put away a rebound on the powerplay shortly after, while Semin was in the box for another bad hooking penalty.
After having a so-so game for the first 45 minutes or so, Ovechkin had a beautiful highlight reel goal, passing to himself between the legs and then firing one past Conklin. And then he picked up another on the powerplay from the edge of the crease.

With less than two minutes to go, the Caps get a hooking penalty and two consecutive delay of game penalties for shooting the puck out of play. Even though the Caps were up two, I was holding my breath for the last 1:30 while it was 6 on 3, but the Caps penalty killers kept it out.
It was a good victory for the Caps, but in all fairness the Wings have been a little handcuffed by injuries recently.

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