It was bound to end at some point. And it did in Joe Louis Arena last evening.
The Detroit Red Wings snapped the 9 game winning streak of the Washington Capitals, in a 3-2 Detroit win. Washington fell behind in typical fashion in the first period with a Henrik Zetterberg wrister that got past Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth, make his first start in five games. It took less than forty seconds for the Capitals to fire back on a long wrister from rookie John Carlson. It was Carlson's 6th goal of the season and first marker since January 16th. Carlson's goal was assisted by Jason Chimera and DJ King. It was King's first game on ice in ten games. Valterri Filppula sent the Wings into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead, scoring at the 14:45 mark.
The Great 8, Alex Ovechkin, scored the only goal of the second period, a signature snap shot through Wings defenseman Brad Stuart, signs of the old Alex. It was Ovechkin's 29th goal of the season and was assisted by Alexander Semin and Scott Hannan.
Zetterberg scored the game winner in the third period, a nifty backhand up over the shoulder of Nuevirth, his 2nd tally of the game.
Neuvirth, in his first start since getting hammered by a puck tot he mask that injured his eye, stopped 32 of 35 shots on net, but took the loss. His record falls to still impressive 22-11-4. Detroit out shot Washington 35-28 and the Caps were an imperfect 0-2 on the power play.
Next up: @ New Jersey on Friday