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Discuss: Ovechkin’s 39th gives Caps 6-5 overtime win over Wings

Feb 2, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

Connor Carrick, Jason Chimera AP

Alex Ovechkin made his 39th goal of the season a big one as it was the game-winner in overtime on the power play to give the Washington Capitals a 6-5 win against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Capitals were on the power play after Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith was called for tripping off the face off. With the 4-on-3 advantage in OT, Ovechkin fired a laser of a shot past Jimmy Howard to help the Capitals get within a point of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Joel Ward had two goals for Washington. Detroit wasted a hat trick from Gustav Nyquist in the loss.

While the loss stings for the Red Wings, they’ve drawn even with Philadelphia for the final Wild Card spot in the East with the point earned for getting to overtime.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 shots; Howard made 22 saves.

Here is Ovechkin’s game-winner:

A few thoughts to take with you into the comments:

— Ward has now scored in three straight games and has 17 goals on the season. That’s good for second on the Caps behind Ovechkin and his 39. That’s a slight gap.

— Remember when Nyquist didn’t make the Red Wings roster out of camp because they re-signed Dan Cleary and didn’t have salary cap room for him? He’s got 13 goals in 30 games now.

— This wasn’t quite the goalie love-fest their matchup on Friday night was in Detroit, but the goalies did what they had to to hang around in it. That might be really faint praise.

Here are the highlights from what was a wild game:

The comments are open, we’re sure you’ve got thoughts about the penalty in overtime that led to the game-winner.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Best shot in the league

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Some Butthurt Detroit fans giving me the thumbs down, eh?

      • alicesrightfootesq - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Definitely someone proxy voting that comment down .

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Best? Certainly one of the best. And it certainly lights the red lamp more often than anyone else’s this season.

    • c9castine - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      one of the best but he definitely knows how to put it in more than most.

  2. phillyfan11 - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    This was a fun game to watch. I’m not a fan of either team, but the up and down action of this game was entertaining.

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Gustav nyquist and tatar are the next datsyuk and zetterburgh duo

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Ed Zachary!

      Now we just need to get that defense sorted out. They were brutal today.

  4. penguins87and71 - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    It was a very entertaining game, great up and down action through the whole game. I have to wonder though why the Capitals sent down Grubauer who has been the Capitals best goalie this year back to the AHL.

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      He probably doesn’t have to clear waivers.

  5. joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    This was an ugly defensive game, but 2 pts in the bank for the Caps. Right Caps’ fans?

  6. vbcaps - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Great game. DC needed these points.

    Neuvy played decent. Couple he might like back but defensive weakness showed on a few red wings goals

    Going to be a dog fight til the end in the east for a playoff spot

  7. muckleflugga - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM


    i suppose thumbs up or down or those deeply inserted into a steaming backdoor orifice matter to your likes …

    blow this … you didn’t get those lips sucking lemons

    then blow the referee who gave the capitals and their light in the loafer diving posers a bogus power play in overtime

    juvenile twat that you are

    • cofran2004 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      You just called someone juvenile… after making not one, but two dick sucking references, and then calling the capitals hockey club as a whole gay. That’s a pretty decent day for any 7th grade boy. Just saying, if you’re a pot, and you’re black… maybe accusing kettles of being black is a bad idea.

  8. hehateme1 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Jimmy Howard= worst goalie the red wings have ever had.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Some of you seem not to recall the post-Gordie Howe, pre-Yzerman era. They had a few crease-monitors who make this chap look like a Hall of Famer. (Chuckle.)

    • nbcornwell - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      Cujo was pretty hard to watch at times. Like a train wreck.

  9. marino57 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    These teams need to learn to play defense. Can’t play like that in playoffs, weak call by the ref in OT Ovie has a hell of a shot.

  10. capsrockva - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    love the Caps win, both teams played their A**es off watched the whole game, thought DC had it won when we when up 3-0 but as a DC sports fan I’m used to the teams giving up leads only to hope they get back into the game GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. stunzeed5 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Love my Cappies!

  12. cspsrbums - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Right he doesn’t have to clear waivers, as for the so called cheap call in OT wing fans, if you didn’t get the 3 Bs calls you scored on out of 5 chances you would have lost regulation. You had more then enough chances on the pp so man up and take your lose. As for Ovi that is why he will be the MVP again without him the Caps would be dead last. They shadowed him all night but slip once and he’ll kill you

  13. iammrbinky - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    Holland has to shore up the defense this off season. Another pathetic defensive effort. Hard to lay the blame on Howard.

    Some pretty ticky tack calls against Detroit in the 3d and the OT call was ridiculous and I hate to admit but Ovechkin certainly has one of the best shots in the league.

  14. patshal - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Before the puck went on his stick, I knew it was going in. Ovechkin already missed a wide open net in the first period. Since he is the leading goal scorer and since I knew what kind of shot he has, there was no way he was going to miss that. Great win, caps!!!

  15. penvik - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Ovechkin is still overrated. It’s getting better than when he first came into the league but sadly people can’t take the glasses off and stop drinking the cool aid. Which works out good because the Caps will never win anything with him on the team. Hockey has 2 ends to the ice and they’re both just as important. By the way wasn’t ovechkin -5 the last game. Yeah, enough said. Can we move on from this guy already, or is the nhl gonna make a fool of themselves again and give OV the heart. Joke

    • rockthered1286 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Wow a Pens fan with a negative opinion on Ovi? Shocked! By the way thanks for using the +/- stat that everybody loves to use as a reason Ovi is allegedly “terrible.” Because we all know +/- is directly effected by one player correct? Has nothing to do with the line he is playing on? Or the fact that the D for the Caps is atrocious, partially due to the youth on this team, forever rotating lines and an offensive minded coach? Or maybe the goalie carousel, none of which have been able to stay hot? But no let’s blame it all on Ovi for being on the rink. It’s obviously his fault in that -5 game when Carlson had 2 turnovers that led to breakaway goals. WHY WASN’T OVI THERE ON D TO STOP HIM?! WHAT THE HELL WAS HE THINKING WAITING FOR A PASS AT THE CIRCLE?! As a matter of fact, the Caps should just cut him now. Don’t even bother trading him because you’re right, he is just a pathetic player. What good is a guy on O if he can’t play D all game and stand tall between the pipes while we’re at it? What a poor excuse of a player…

      Next time? Please just get on and be direct about your thoughts, which are quite obviously “I’m still bitter about Ovechkin getting the Hart last year and Crosby has more points (due to assists, not goals) this year so I think he should win, even though Ovechkin seems to have better numbers for goals, PP goals, and game winners, which typically would give him the advantage.” It’s okay to be bitter and love your captain. We understand. But give me something better than plus-minus next time boss.

  16. cspsrbums - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    And with that Crosby would not be near as good if he didn’t have all that talent around him. Pens can and do win without him.Another thing he is a winger not a center who plays both ends of the ice. Learn the game Pen.

  17. gwood83 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I don’t understand how that PP is so affective. it is the most obvious thing in the world that OVI is going to the left circle for a one time. The only question is when. So when the caps pass the puck to him it baffles me how goalies do not instantly cover that near side post. It’s telegraphed all day. He stands there with his stick cocked back, it’s OVI, obviously he’s gonna shoot. But I guess that’s the greatness of him. Even when it’s obvious he still claps it home. Bigger story of the game is the turnovers wings had in their own zone. At least contributed to 3 of the caps goals. stinger of a loss for a wings fan (me) but still was fun to watch.

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Watch some Brett Hull highlights. It’s the exact same thing. Teams have seen this many times over the years, but it doesn’t make any difference. Some guys just have that ability.

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