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Howard shakes off Ovechkin’s late goal to win in return for Detroit

Jan 31, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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Alex Ovechkin stole a point for the Washington Capitals with a game-tying goal with seven seconds left in the third period, but Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings eked out a 5-4 shootout win on Friday.

Both goalies figured into the proceedings. Howard made some big third-period saves before Ovechkin’s timely tally while Michal Neuvirth kept the Caps in the game, making 42 out of 45 saves and stopping six of seven shootout attempts. Unfortunately for him, Howard was perfect in the “skills competition” to win in his return to action.

Neuvirth had quite the duel with Gustav Nyquist, making this gorgeous glove save against him but then being beaten for a third-period goal.

Here’s the big save:

Then Nyquist gets some revenge:

Assuming this doesn’t get changed to a Joel Ward tip-in, Ovechkin collected his 39th of the season when his team needed it the most:

Both teams would likely prefer to find themselves in these situations less often; the Red Wings are now 4-8 in shootouts while the Capitals fell to 8-7 in that format.

Overall, there are pros and cons for both squads following an exciting game.

  1. bozgood - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Good win tonight for Howard and the Wings. Both goalies were outstanding in the shootout. Neuvirth was fantastic all night. Wings have to find a way to hold on to leads in the 3rd. It’s becoming all too common to see them blow the lead in the final period.

  2. opattytheirishrover - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Very happy that Mr Howard was back tonight, makes me dance a little jig…gonna need a little more “brick wall” imitation come Olympic time.

    Them boys in red deserve a little bit better than what’s handed them late. Chin up.

    Peace be with you.

  3. blomfeld - Feb 1, 2014 at 1:03 AM


  4. wingsfan13 - Feb 1, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Blomfeld you sorry excuse of a hockey fan are an a**munch. How are your Kings doing lately well I hope,good day sir !

  5. opattytheirishrover - Feb 1, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Wings fan, you seem to have some anger or something going on towards Blomfeld! I say pull the reigns in a little, makes life a little easier friend!!

    Peace be with you my friend!

  6. wingsfan13 - Feb 1, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Opatty, just call them as I see them!sometimes can’t help myself sorry if I offended you.

  7. LampyB - Feb 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    I’d also like to remind Blomfeld that as of yesterday Kopitar is the only King to score over the last 300 mins of hockey. Way to go LA!

  8. muckleflugga - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    y’all missed the fact blomfeld’s barb was aimed at ovechkin and his tying goal late-on … a thread continuing from ovechkin’s minus five effort the other night …

    much was made of the minuses but looking at each goal, ovechkin was blameless on all five … plus minus is largely a pointless statistic beyond examining long-term tendencies among line combinations

    like all knowledgeable and experienced fans of the game, blomfeld secretly admires all things red wings

    how could he not

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