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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Detroit



(Friday, November 15th)

Final Score: Washington 4, Detroit 3 (SO)

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicklas Backstrom scored the winner in the final round of the shootout as the Washington Capitals took a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Backstrom was the last shooter after the first five failed to score, and he found the back of the net as he made a move and slipped a low shot past Jimmy Howard for the win.

Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Michael Latta all scored for the Capitals, who have won two straight and six of their last eight. Braden Holtby made 34 stops in the win.

"You need to have wins like this to grow as a team and gain some consistency," said Holtby. "This game is a credit to our guys for being confident in each other and keep pushing."

Johan Franzen had two goals and an assist, while Danny DeKeyser posted a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who have lost five straight, including the last four in either a shootout or overtime. Howard posted 30 stops.

"We need to find a way to get one more and win the game," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "That's all there is to it. You either need to keep them from getting that tying goal, or get the extra one and make it harder for them."

Washington struck first as Laich stole the puck in the neutral zone and skated down the right wing before firing a shot past Howard at 5:50 of the first.

Skating on the power play, the Red Wings tied the game with 4:08 left in the first as Franzen lasered a shot past Holtby from the left circle.

Franzen's second of the game came a little over two minutes later as a right circle faceoff win saw Franzen take a backdoor pass from Tomas Tatar at the low left side for an easy goal.

The only goal of the second period went to Detroit on the power play thanks to a one-timer from DeKeyser at the right circle with 18 seconds left in the period.

Washington got one back 3:19 into the third as good work in the Detroit end saw Ovechkin finish off the play with a one-timer from the left circle.

The Capitals tied the game with 8:06 left in regulation as Latta finished off a rebound of a John Carlson shot from the left side for his first career goal.

Game Notes

Detroit plays in New York against the Islanders on Saturday ... Washington hosts St. Louis on Sunday ... Washington has won three straight over Detroit ... The Red Wings were 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Capitals failed to score on any of their four chances.

11/16 00:50:41 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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