DETROIT – Thomas Holmstrom broke a tie with a power-play goal with 6:53 left in the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
Ville Leino and Jason Williams also scored for Detroit, Valtteri Filppula had two assists, and Chris Osgood made 21 saves. Matt Bradley and Brendan Morrison scored for Washington, and Jose Theodore stopped 34 shots.
With Mike Green in the penalty box for hooking, Holmstrom fired a shot from the right circle past Theodore after taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk.
Morrison’s power-play goal tied it for the Capitals 1:25 into the third period. He beat Osgood with a snapshot from the high slot. On the previous rush, Detroit’s Patrick Eaves knocked Washington’s net off its magnets, but play wasn’t called.
Williams’ power-play goal with 3:34 left in the second period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead. He beat Theodore with a slap shot from just above the right circle.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period.
Bradley opened the scoring at 3:58 when his shot from along the boards at the left circle went through Osgood. Leino tied it with 4:11 left in the opening period when he put one in off a goal-mouth scramble.
NOTES: Detroit played its first game without F Johan Franzen, who is out for four months after tearing the ACL of his left knee Thursday in a win over Chicago. It is the third season in a row that Franzen has injured a knee in October against the Blackhawks. The Red Wings recalled C Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids to replace Franzen on the roster. … Washington C Nicklas Backstrom is the first NHL player in three years to have 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in his team’s first four games. … Alex Ovechkin and Datsyuk are good friends. Detroit coach Mike Babcock used Datsyuk, the two-time defending Selke Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward, to shadow Ovechkin, the two-time defending Hart Trophy winner as the league’s MVP.