Post-game an analysis of the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit:
How it happened: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the game-winner just 45 seconds into overtime when he lowered his left shoulder to get past Henrik Zetterberg, then beat goaltender Petr Mrazek with a backhand to forehand move, going under the goalie’s arm for his sixth goal of the season. Justin Williams also scored for the Caps, who bounced back from Friday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary.
What it means: The Caps (12-4-1, 25 points) are now a perfect 5-0 after losses this season. They are also 2-0-1 in their last three and have moved within five points of the Metro Division-leading Rangers with one game in hand.
Holt-beast: Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots to earn his 10th win of the season, tied with Henrik Lundqvist, Devan Dubnyk and Pekka Rinne for most in the NHL. Holtby’s biggest stops came on breakaways by Darren Helm and Teemu Pukkinen, the second of which skidded through his pads and off the right post.
Still waiting: Alex Ovechkin fired six shots on goal, including five in the opening period, but failed to score and remains tied with Sergei Fedorov for most NHL goals by a Russian-born player (483). Ovechkin set up scoring chances by T.J. Oshie, John Carlson and Nate Schmidt and was used as a decoy by Matt Niskanen on Justin Williams’ first-period power play goal.
Injury update: Defenseman Brooks Orpik sat out his third straight game with a lower body injury. He skated with the club on Wednesday morning and remains questionable for Thursday night’s home game against the Dallas Stars.
Look ahead: The Caps begin a five-game homestand that extends through Black Friday when they host the Stars on Thursday. It is uncertain whether backup Philipp Grubauer or Holtby will get the call, but with a late return flight from Detroit, Grubauer seems most likely.