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Capitals’ rally falls short, lose to Red Wings 5-4 in overtime

February 11, 2018

After erasing a three-goal deficit in the third, the Washington Capitals’ rally came up short on Sunday, losing 5-4 to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime.

The Red Wings had a 2-on-1 breakaway and winger Tomas Tatar beat Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to spoil a remarkable comeback from the Capitals.

Prior to overtime, Washington had scored three goals in the third period, starting with Brett Connolly’s snipeshot just 2:32 into the period.

Washington pulled Holtby for an extra attacker with 2:16 left and they even had a 6-on-4 advantage when Detroit’s Dan Dekeyser was called for holding.

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom tied it with 17 seconds left on a wrist shot.

Before that, the game seemed like a lost cause for Washington.

Ten seconds before the end of the second period, Holtby lifted his goalie mask, poured water into his mouth and shook his head from side-to-side as he slammed the bottle back into its holder. The Capitals goaltender wasn’t pleased about giving up his third goal in a 2:56 span, and fourth of the game.

Moments later, the second-period buzzer sounded and the Capitals, down three goals, were booed as they skated off the ice. Holtby and the fans’ frustration was understandable.

The goals, however, weren’t just on Holtby. The Capitals went through large stretches of letting Detroit control the puck in their zone. By the end of the second period, the Red Wings led 23-10 in shots on goal outshot the Capitals 17-2 during the second.

This season, the Capitals have largely stressed quality over quantity when it comes to shot attempts, but that can lead to moments where Washington spends entirely too much time on the defensive.

The Red Wings took advantage.

In the second, Detroit center Luke Glendening put the Red Wings in front with a goal off a rebound to break a 1-1 tie. The Capitals couldn’t stop Detroit’s 3-on-2 rush, and Glendening was in perfect position to hoist the puck in the back of the net.

Detroit’s third goal, however, was much more of a costly error from the Capitals. Just nine seconds after the Red Wings took a lead, they added to it off a Anthony Mantha goal.

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