Costly Penalties Plague Detroit Red Wings In Loss To Washington Capitals

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That’s the way the cookie crumbles  and boy, was it messy for the Detroit Red Wings. What started out as an exciting surge of energy in a classic scoring frenzy ended up being a doom of misfortune for the Red Wings in overtime. Fortunately for Washington Capitals fans, they went home happy.

In a game that hosted plenty of scoring, hits and excitement, Alexander Ovechkin seized another opportunity to give his team a win scoring his 39th goal of the season in overtime, but not without some help from the Wings. In total, Detroit made six trips to the penalty box, which ultimately ended in Detroit giving up three power play goals, two in regulation, and a big one in overtime.

Gustav Nyquist‘s big day was spoiled by the overload of mistakes. Nyquist finished the day with four points, including a hat trick. Unfortunately, the only flaw in his game was a penalty. Ironically enough, had he not committed the slash, Detroit might have been able to leave with a win. Instead, he left Washington with a very sour taste in his mouth. Washington took advantage of the rising star’s mistake and put the puck in the net.

For Detroit, it was a tough loss to take. With the Wings being in a huge mix of teams fighting for a playoff spot, they will now have to play the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning in two of their next three games before a long Olympic break. It would be in Detroit’s best interest to try and win one of the two at least.

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