Zetterberg Strikes Twice To End Caps Streak
Henrik Zetterberg struck twice in a 3-2 win for the Detroit Redwings as they overcame the in-form Washington Capitals at their own Joe Louis Arena.
The Swedish star forward must have been starting to think that he’d forgotten how to score, but thanks to an opening goal in the first period and an eventual game winner in the third, Zetterberg broke his scoring duck to end the Caps nine game hot streak.
In between his double, the Caps had twice levelled after going behind, first when John Carlson cancelled out Zetterberg’s opener and again as Alex Ovechkin scored the second period’s only goal after Valterri Filppula had put the Wings in front again.
That set the stage for Zetterberg to be the hero as with ten minutes remaining in the third, his backhanded shot past Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth gave the Red Wings the go ahead goal, with defenseman Brian Rafalski tallying his third assist of the night.
The win ensured that the Red Wings are now unbeaten in two games on home ice and three games overall, a streak that they’ll be doing their utmost to maintain when they travel to Columbus and then Nashville before returning home to face Pittsburgh.