Red Wings-Capitals quick take: Wings battle back from 2-0 deficit, and Larkin delivers in OT

The Detroit Red Wings embarked upon a stretch of 3 games to be played over the course of 4 nights on Wednesday, visiting Anthony Mantha and the Washington Capitals.

To their credit, the Red Wings battled back from a 2-0 deficit, earning a point on gritty goals by Adam Erne and Robby Fabbri; Thomas Greiss was excellent, stopping 26 shots; and Dylan Larkin scored the overtime winner on passes from Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider, affording Detroit a 3-2 OT victory in a fast-paced, intense game vs. the Capitals.


Dylan Larkin rips home the @SUBWAYCanada OT winner for the @DetroitRedWings. #NHLonSNβ€” Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 28, 2021

OT winner: Here is Dylan Larkin’s snipe that led the Red Wings to the 3-2 comeback win

VIDEO: @BallySportsDETβ€” Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 28, 2021

The Red Wings and Capitals iced the following lines, with Givani Smith rotating back into the lineup for Detroit, and Nic Dowd rejoining Washington’s forward corps:

Lines.#CapsWingsβ€” Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 27, 2021

Tonight’s lines. #LGRW

Puck drop coming up!

πŸ“Ί: @BallySportsDET
πŸ“»: @971theticketxytβ€” Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 27, 2021

The starting lineups consisted of the following players…

In the 1st period…Began with the Red Wings icing the Larkin line and DeKeyser/Seider vs. the Capitals’ checking line of Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway, with former Wing Nick Jensen on defense alongside Dmitry Orlov.

Thomas Greiss opposed Vitek Vanecek in the net.

The puck hit the ice at 7:08 PM, with Larkin drawing in opposite Dowd, and the Capitals won the draw, chipped and chased, and Detroit mucked the puck out to center ice, Raymond fed the puck to Dylan Larkin, and Larkin drew a penalty.

Larkin was pulled down by Nick Jensen, and Detroit headed to the power play @ 23 seconds of the 1st.

The Wings won the opening faceoff, but a wide shot by Larkin yielded a recoil and re-set by Larkin, Seider, Bertuzzi, Raymond and Fabbri.

The Capitals worked with relative ease over the course of the first minute of the power play, and Filip Zadina went offside 59 seconds in, as the 2nd unit came over the boards.

Pius Suter, Zadina, Hronek, Leddy and Erne worked the puck up ice, cycled to teh point, and set up. Erne fed Suter for a fine shot that Vanecek sticked away, and Zadina fed Erne for another attempt by Hronek that went wide. Detroit cycled well, Zadina was stopped by Vanecek, and that was the power play.

It was kind of interesting to watch the Red Wings have to struggle to adjust to the Capitals’ level. They’re just so much faster than every other team, that when TJ Oshie rushed in through the coverage of Seider, DeKeyser and the Wings’ forwards to jab a puck in on Greiss, it wasn’t even surprising.

Detroit couldn’t stand around like the Rasmussen line did. The Wings had to level up.

Some 3:30 into the 1st, Washington pushed the Wings back into their own zone fine cycling effort, but Stephens and Smith were able to clear the puck, and the Mantha-Oshie line went off after its first shift.

4:22 into the 1st, the shots were 3-3.

The Larkin line at least did a good job of working the puck into Washington’s zone, but the capitals had all sorts of momentum early, and Detroit had to adjust to playing an incredibly offensively adept team.

The Wings got caught for icing at 5:06, and Greiss had to make a good glove stop off the draw;

Erne, Rasmussen and Namestnikov tried to change that, with Rasmussen firing a puck THROUGH and BEHIND Vanecek, but the Capitals’ goalie got lucky…

Detroit re-set and changed lines, with the Suter line coming out, and Robby Fabbri put a puck off Vanecek, but the Capitals were able to clear easily;

The Wings were slowly adjusting to the Capitals’ skate-right-through-you offense, but the first TV timeout hit with Washington leading in shots 6-5. The attempts were tied 8-8 at 7:12.

When play resumed, Rasmussen was taking no shit in the faceoff circle, in his own zone, but his stick was broken by a Capitals slash (uncalled);

The Stephens line came out and tried to generate a scoring chance, but was repelled once, then twice, with Smith hacked in the hands;

Detroit was doing its best to stifle the Capitals’ attack, but it was hard.

Tyler Bertuzzi did a nice job of setting up Lucas Raymond in deep in the Caps’ zone 2-on-2, but Washington’s defense ROARED back and stopped a 3-on-2 in its tracks;

Ultimately, the Red Wings were doing a good job keeping up against the Capitals, but Washington’s speed and depth were difficult to contain.

10 minutes into the 1st period, Dowd, Hagelin and Hathaway cycled and cycled in the Wings’ zone, only to put themselves offside…

At 10:12, the shots were 7-5 Washington, attempts 10-9 Detroit.

When play resumed, it was low-event hockey, with Washington cycling in the Wings’ zone, Detroit battling the puck out via sheer force of will, and Fabbri chipping and chasing 1-on-3;

Kuznetsov fed Ovechkin, and Greiss made a SUPERB glove stop to keep the game scoreless;

Detroit’s Larkin line found itself playing defense, with Mitchell Stephens helping Raymond fire a shot in on Vanecek;

Sam Gagner, Stephens and Smith may have been the best of the Wings’ 4 lines when it came to cycling the puck deep, and they had a good shift;

Rasmussen, Erne and Namestnikov were at least able to generate an icing call at 13:29, and Raymond, Bertuzzi and Larkin came over the boards, but the Capitals generating a scoring chance as McMichael fired a shot wide of the net on a 2-on-1 with Oshie.

When play resumed after another TV timeout, things got physical, and the Staal-Stecher pair got smeared pretty heavily at center ice, but were able to clear the puck out of trouble and deep into the Caps’ zone.

That being said, it was low even hockey in the first period, and Detroit didn’t seem to have any intent to generate offense.

Ovechkin did feed a puck to Kuznetsov, then Wilson, and he was blocked off as Greiss made an easy stop;

The Caps’ crowd got into it, and with 4:20 remaining, Washington’s defense blew a shot wide (it was Jensen who fired it wide), then recoiled and re-set for a shot that Griess stopped;

Detroit just sort of held on and bided its time, and Greiss made a couple of good stops as the Stephens line got backed in.

Regrettably, Sam Gagner accidentally tripped TJ Oshie, and Washington headed to the power play with 2:42 left.

On the penalty-kill, Rasmussen, Namestnikov and company won the initial draw and cleared the puck, then forcing Washington to skate themselves into the offensive zone offside…

Detroit lost the faceoff at their own blueline, however, and Washington set up on the power play, with Oshie’s shot being partially blocked by Staal;

With the Caps executing the “Datsyuk drop,” their 2nd unit worked on the PP vs. Rasmussen, Namestnikov, Seider and DeKeyser, and the Wings cleared the puck;

Stephens, Erne, Seider and DeKeyser mucked and ground the puck to the blueline, but Erne covered Ovechkin–or tried to–and Erne let Ovechkin get away from him, Seider did not see Erne’s “tell” to go to Ovechkin…

And Ovechkin fired the puck off Greiss, got the rebound, and put it off Seider and over Greiss at 19:05.

Ovechkin 738. Now 3 shy of Hull.β€” Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) October 27, 2021

BANG BANG!β€” Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 27, 2021

OVI WITH NUMBER 738!!! 🚨 He’s now 3 away from tying Brett hull for 4th most ALL TIME #ALLCAPSβ€” SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) October 27, 2021

Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play from Eller and Mantha at 19:05. PPG. 1-0 Washington.

Thankfully, Nic Dowd got called for cross-checking Lucas Raymond with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 1st, and while the Wings did not score at the end of the period, they would get 1:56 of a PP to start the 2nd.

#RedWings will start the 2nd on the power play. #LGRWβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 27, 2021

Wings-Caps stats after 1 period of play.

Detroit down 1-0, with 1:56 of PP time to start the 2nd.β€” George Malik (@georgemalik) October 27, 2021

After 1.β€” Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 27, 2021

In the 2nd period…The Red Wings started their 2nd power play unit, with Rasmussen drawing in vs. Eller for the opening draw.

The Wings won the draw, chipped the puck in, and iced the puck, so Pius Suter drew in and won the puck to Erne, Detroit set up, and Leddy lugged the puck up ice himself, chipped it in, Detroit tried to cycle, Jensen and Van Riemsdyk skated the puck up to Tom Wilson, who got a pick from the ref…

And Pius Suter stopped him from scoring.

Washington then cleared the puck easily on the Wings’ next rush, and Detroit changed units.

Larkin, Bertuzzi, Fabbri, Raymond and Seider cycled, worked the perimeter, and Seider fired a shot wide of the net that Larkin could not salvage.

Washington cleared the puck easily, and the Wings’ power play expired. They could not generate slot chances.

After the PP expired, Rasmussen’s line did a good job of cycling the puck, forcing the Caps to turn it over at center, and getting a line change in, so Stephens and Smith could join Gagner on the ice.

The Staal-Stecher pairing was also excellent on defense, doing a fine job of communicating and ensuring that the Capitals did not earn any easy chances.

And off a Lars Eller breakaway that Thomas Greiss stopped, and Givani Smith blocked the rebound of…Danny DeKeyser hooked a Capital at 3:56…

And Washington immediately scored, 4 seconds off the faceoff, as Evgeny Kuznetsov grabbed the loose puck off Staal’s skate and rifled it through Thomas Greiss’s 5 hole.

Danny DeKeyser is sent to the box for an all-time bad hooking call, and the Caps take a 2-0 lead just 4 seconds into the power play #LGRWβ€” Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) October 28, 2021

Quick off the draw!β€” Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 28, 2021

Washington took a 2-0 lead at 4:00. Kuznetsov scored unassisted.

Detroit needed some breaks. Detroit needed some breaks because they were doing fine, except for the Capitals’ power play markers.

Detroit attempted to generate momentum as best they could by cycling and forechecking, and the Stephens line did a great job of working the puck down low, but Smith gave the puck to Ovechkin on a line change, and Smith had to come back to block the pass to the slot.

Ultimately, Detroit emerged unscathed, but Smith made a boo boo that he covered up.

When Larkin came off the bench, he worked the puck to Leddy, Leddy walked around the offensive zone, and a Hronek shot found the slot and Vanecek, but no one was there to stuff the rebound home.

Therein lie the Wings problem…Nobody to stuff home rebounds.

3 on 1, Larkin, Bertuzzi and Raymond….

Got nothing done. Washington ROARED back and Jensen blocked off Larkin to completely stifle the Wings’ offensive rush.

After a TV timeout, Detroit’s Rasmussen line really put the hammer down on the Caps, cycling hard in Washingtons’ zone, and Namestnikov found Filip Hronek in the slot, Hronek deked around Vanecek, and Erne stuffed the rebound in past 3 Capitals standing around in front of their net.

The Red Wings are on the board! #LGRWβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 28, 2021

.@AdamErne73 gets the boys on the board! πŸ™Œβ€” Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 28, 2021

Detroit made it 2-1 at 9:17 of the 2nd period. Erne scored from Hronek and Namestnikov.

On the post-goal shift, Hronek and Greiss combined to stop Kuznetsov;

Detroit did a better job of getting their forecheck going, and when Filip Zadina raced in on Vanecek, he fired a shot wide that should have been a pass to Pius Suter, who was alone and free…

So, wouldn’t you know it, Alex Ovechkin deked and lost his footing against Troy Stecher, and Stecher headed to the box at 10:39 of the 2nd.

Washington set up on the PP, Ovechkin fired a shot in on Greiss, he was stopped, and Staal blocked the Caps’ next shot into the crowd…

Sam Gagner did a great job of taking a lost Capitals faceoff in the Wings’ zone, racing up ice the other way, and firing a shot in on Vanecek that had to stop and hold;

Detroit then won the next faceoff and cycled the puck around the perimeter, killing more clock;

When Washington did set up in Detroit’s zone, Greiss made a big stop, Staal cleared the puck, and that was the power play for Washington.

It was a great penalty-kill for the Wings. A necessary one.

Ken Daniels also said that Ovechkin and Kuznetsov went off at 3:26 of ice time. That’s a lot of time to be on the ice for one long PP shift.

Washington set up in the Wings’ zone after the PP, with Greiss making a nice stop off Wilson;

Detroit then headed into the Capitals’ zone, and DeKeyser was nearly set up by Larkin on a 3-on-2 rush, but DeKeyser flubbed the pass (as he is wont to do);

Some 14:30 into the 2nd, Detroit looked content to nurse a 2-1 deficit into the intermission.

Robby Fabbri did get a decent chance that he fired wide of the net;

Stecher stifled Conor Sheary with a great, clean check;

Detroit and Washington began to trade chances, and Detroit was at least surviving the Capitals’ dominant down low cycle;

With 3:50 remaining in the 2nd, Detroit really looked content to nurse the one-goal deficit into their locker room.

Moritz Seider did manage to jab a shot in on Vanecek that dislodged his blocker as Bertuzzi crashed the net, and Kuznetsov pushed the blocker further away from his goaltender, so play continued until the Caps re-took possession…

Stephens raced in vs. the Capitals’ defense, but was boarded off the puck, his stick was held, and Detroit had to regroup in its own end;

Zadina, Suter and Fabbri tried to start some offense, with Fabbri cycling to the point, and Leddy sending a slinky little shot in that Vanecek stopped…

Detroit continued to at least press the issue as the 2nd period wound down to its final moments, and Larkin, Bertuzzi and Raymond cycled deep, Raymond wrapped the puck to Seider, DeKeyser blasted a heavy shot wide of the net, and the Wings got good pressure there…

But a 4 on 3 was stifled by a WONDERFUL back-check by Lucas Raymond, who came back and stuffed a Caps winger’s stick.

#RedWings looking for a big 3rd. #LGRWβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 28, 2021

Red Wings down 2-1 to Washington after 2. Here are your 2nd period stats.β€” George Malik (@georgemalik) October 28, 2021

Headed to the 3rd.#LGRWβ€” Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 28, 2021

In the 3rd period…The Red Wings and Capitals were at even strength, and Larkin’s line started with DeKeyser and Seider, opposite Dowd, Hathaway and Hagelin…

Detroit was able to battle the puck in deep, at least eventually, but only for a moment;

Washington raced into Detroit’s zone instead, and a bad clearing pass by Orlov yielded a Hronek shot from afar that Vanecek picked off easily.

Then Rasmussen’s line took to the ice opposite Kuznetsov, with Zadina and Namestnikov, and Hronek pinched poorly, but Leddy stifled a 2-on-1;

Kuznetsov got the better of his opponents and ccycled the puck down low, circled the net, and Greiss had to make a good stick stop;

At the other end of the ice, Fabbri, Stecher, Suter and Erne all cycled the puck down low, all via a Stecher pinch, and an Erne shot in the high slot was stopped by Vanecek, but Fabbri jabbed the rebound in, making it 2-2.

It’s a tie game thanks to Robby Fabbri. Pius Suter, Adam Erne assisting. #LGRWβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 28, 2021


– Robby Fabbriβ€” Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 28, 2021

Robby Fabbri made it 2-2 at 2:03 from Erne and Suter.

On the post-goal shift, as you might imagine, Greiss had to make a big stop on a wraparound attempt, but the Red Wings did push right back against the Capitals…

Hronek and Leddy cycled the puck deeper to Zadina, who fired the puck wide, and Rasmussen and Namestnikov fed Hronek, for a hard shot that Vanecek had to stop;

Detroit recoiled and changed at center, Zadina was held up, and Hronek and DeKeyser flubbed their exchange, so Hendrix Lapierre was stopped by Greiss;

Lapierre tried to find Orlov, but Seider and DeKeyser steered them both wide;

Washington really started to cycle down low and attack the Wings’ net, but GREISS made a big stop on Eller as Sam Gagner and company struggled to check the Caps…

The Stephens line plain old had a bad shift, but they were able to emerge unscathed…

Detroit also continued to attack the Capitals’ zone, though the top line was quiet. Larkin, Raymond and Bertuzzi tried to cycle and set eac other up, but they were unable to do so, and instead, the Caps raced up 2-on-2, and were stopped by Leddy;

Oshie blocked a DeKeyser shot, and was felled;

Zadina, Rasmussen and Namestnikov cycled well;

Wilson smeared Zadina in the Caps’ end;

Zadina reversed flow and regained the puck, Namestnikov held the puck in, and battled for it at center, affording Detroit possession during a line change;

Stecher chipped, the Wings chased, and up came Fehervary, but he was stopped by Stecher;

With 11:30 left in regulation, Hronek fed the puck off Vanecek, but no Wing could get to the rebound;

With 10:54 remaining and a TV timeout on, Detroit and Washington’s shots were 4-4 in the 3rd, and 21-18 Washington overall.

When play resumed, Seider worked with Larkin, Raymond and Bertuzzi to cycle and re-cycle the puck around the offensive zone perimeter, under heavy defense by the Caps, and Detroit forced Washington to ice the puck with 10:12 remaining.

Detroit did not win the ensuing faceoff, but Detroit was also checking the snot out of the explosive Capitals, frustrating a Washington team that thought it would have an easier game…

And Evgeny Kuznetsov got back behind the Wings’ defense, took a breakaway pass, and was unable to score;

Regrettably, Michael Rasmussen had to sit down for hooking Ovechkin as he chased a puck that went off the goalpost behind Thomas Greiss with 9:15 remaining.

On the penalty-kill, Detroit afforded Washington the opening faceoff, Washington set up, and Ovechkin was blocked by Stephens, who fell down in pain, hobbled to his feet, and Gagner took over working on Ovechkin as Greiss made a nice stop and Detroit played 5 on 3, essentially…

Stephens tried to go back to Ovechkin, then Oshie, the Caps cycled around the offensive zone, and Greiss made a big stop with 59 ticks left in the PK.

Ken Daniels told us that the shot Stephens took off the knee was 88 miles an hour.

On the 2nd PK shift, Detroit was able to clear the zone, and Eller, Mantha, Ovechkin et. al. cycled the puck, and Greiss made a big stop on an Ovechkin one-timer;

Washington lost the following draw, and Detroit cleared the puck with 7:30 remaining in the 3rd period;

Carlson skated in himself, Greiss left the puck for Hronek, and he banged the puck down the ice to give the Wings the PK.



2-2 tie.

6:54 remaining when the Wings iced it.

The Capitals won the next draw, Greiss made a big stop and Seider and Raymond cleared the puck, Detroit pushed it deeper, Raymond and Bertuzzi hounded Jensen, and when the Caps raced into Detroit’s zone, they fired it wide;

With 6 minutes remaining, Detroit did a good job of working the perimeter and chipping and chasing, but Washington was in clear control of the puck most of the time, so Detroit was playing defense more than it was playing offense.

With 5:33 left, the last TV timeout of regulation hit, and Detroit faced off vs. Washington at center ice.

Washington won the draw, but Zadina managed to send a puck in on Vanecek;

Detroit tried to establish a forecheck and cycle, they did so, Namestnikov cycled himself vs. Kuznetsov, and Washington iced the puck with 4:48 remaining;

Detroit continued to cycle as the top line worked, but Larkin’s stick was broken in half, by a slash, and there was no call…

Until Evgeny Kuznetsov lay on the ice in pain because Paul Boyer tried to give the stick to Larkin…and he got Kuznetsov in the eye…

Dylan Larkin gets slashed in the offensive zone.

He plays Kuznetsov down the boards while trying to get a new stick from Paul Boyer, who accidentally hits Kuznetsov in the face with the stick.

Just a weird sequence of events #LGRWβ€” Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) October 28, 2021

Not a play you will see every day. #LGRWβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 28, 2021

With 4:05 remaining, Fabbri fired a nice shot in on Vanecek from an acute angle, but was stopped;

Erne picked the puck away from a Cap with his stick, but Washington was able to clear;

Detroit changed with 3:30 remaining, and Stephens, Gagner and Bertuzzi worked the puck deep, chased the Caps up the ice, and Ovechkin was blocked off Stephens’ face…

Right to Tom Wilson, who was STONED by Greiss.

Kuznetsov came back onto the ice for his next shift, and he and Wilson and Ovechkin cycled hard, but Zadina stole the puck in the Caps’ zone and blasted a hard shot wide;

As the Wings changed, Staal and Stecher played catch, and Raymond, Bertuzzi and Larkin took over;

Bertuzzi stole the puck, was stopped by Vanecek, and Larkin swept the puck deep from the point;

Sherry worked vs. Hronek, and Greiss made a MASSIVE STOP to keep the game tied;

Washington fed the puck out to the slot and Erne stole it, cycled to Fabbri, and got a shot himself, but was blocked;

Washington cleared the zone, and DeKeyser set up Seider, who fed Fabbri, whose shot was blocked;

The last minute beckoned, and Washington’s Wilson and Ovechkin were stopped by Leddy;

With 27.4 remaining in regulation, the puck was chipped into the Wings’ bench;

Ovechkin and Kuznetsov cycled at one end, and Namestnikov blasted a slapper into Vanecek with 0.5 left.

So Washington headed to overtime an unbeaten team. The Wings pulled Greiss with 0.5 remaining, but nothing came from it.

Red Wings-Capitals stats after 3 periods.

Game tied at 2, going to OT.β€” George Malik (@georgemalik) October 28, 2021

How about some bonus hockey? #LGRWβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 28, 2021


Rasmussen, Fabbri and Leddy opposed Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Carlson, and the Caps skated right in and sent the puck in on Greiss, who stopped the puck with 13 seconds gone.

Detroit had to win a defensive zone draw sans a change, Fabbri walked in, walked out, gave it to Rasmussen, who was dumped by Ovechkin, Leddy took over, and Detroit changed.

45 seconds in, Larkin and Bertuzzi took over, Leddy went off, and Raymond joined.

Larkin skated up ice, cycled to Seider, not Bertuzzi, Raymond fed Larkin instead of shooting, and that was a bad idea.

Larkin, Raymond and Seider cycled, slowly worked the puck out to center ice, and Raymond chugged up, gave it to Larkin, and he SCORED A SNEAKY GOAL THROUGH VITEK VANECEK.

Dylan Larkin scored the 3-2 marker at 1:37 from Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider.

GAME. WINNER.β€” Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 28, 2021


YOUR DETROIT RED WINGS ARE 4-2-1 #LGRWβ€” Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) October 28, 2021

Now that’s the way to win a game in Washington! #LGRWβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 28, 2021


FROM LUCAS RAYMOND! #LGRWβ€” Ryan Hana (@RyanHanaWWP) October 28, 2021

Detroit won 3-2 in overtime.

An enjoyable walk to the locker room tonight! πŸ‘#LGRW | @DetroitRedWingsβ€” Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) October 28, 2021

Your final stat line in a #REDWINGS WIN! #LGRWβ€” Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 28, 2021

Statistics: Here are the Game Summary and Event Summary:

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