March 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Washington Capitals center Keith Aucoin (left) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Capitals Vs. Red Wings: Washington Holds Off Detroit For 5-3 Victory

Jason Chimera's empty-net goal thwarts a third-period comeback as the Capitals win in Detroit for the first time since 2003.

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Capitals Vs. Red Wings Recap: Alex Ovechkin Leads Washington To Impressive Road Win In Detroit

The Washington Capitals snapped a two-game losing streak on Monday night with an impressive road win against the Detroit Red Wings. The Caps took a three-goal lead to the third period, but they put only three shots on goal in the third and the Wings rallied to make it interesting in the final five minutes.

Alex Ovechkin's two power play goals helped build a 4-1 lead after the first two periods, but Todd Bertuzzi cut into that margin just 30 seconds into the third with his 13th goal of the season. Danny Cleary cut the lead to one with a dunk in front that beat goaltender Braden Holtby. With a lot of traffic in front, Brendan Smith centered the puck to Justin Abdelkader who poked it through the legs of Holtby. The puck deflected over to the far post where Cleary was waiting to easily slam it home. It was his first goal in 15 games and put the pressure on the Caps as it closed the three-goal lead to just one.

A questionable penalty call on Mike Knuble with three minutes remaining added to the pressure but it became four-on-four hockey a minute into the power play as Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg was sent to the box for holding Mike Green. With Knuble out of the box and Jimmy Howard out of the net, Jason Chimera would clinch it with an empty net goal with just 20 second remaining. Chimera worked the puck up the wall to beat Detroit through the neutral zone and wrap up the win. Now having swept the season series with Detroit, the Caps travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Thursday night.

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink. For the latest on the Red Wings, visit Winging It In Motown. For the latest news, notes, and analysis from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Capitals Vs. Red Wings: Keith Aucoin's Goal Gives Washington 4-1 Lead After 40 Minutes

Keith Aucoin's third goal of the season restored the Washington Capitals' three goal advantage as they lead the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 after two periods at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings had cut Washington's lead to 3-1 after Kyle Quincey's slap shot from just inside the point beat Braden Holtby, pinged off the post and deflected into the net at the 5:15 mark of the period.

But Aucoin struck at the 17:24 mark after a deflected centering pass from Alexander Semin landed right at his skates. Aucoin was able to spin and shoot the puck past Jimmy Howard to make the score 4-1.

Braden Holtby has been solid in net for the Capitals, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he's faced over two periods.

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Capitals Vs. Red Wings: Washington Jumps Out To 3-0 Lead

Alex Ovechkin has scored his 31st and 32nd goals of the season as the Washington Capitals have jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Ovechkin's first goal came at the 7:48 mark of the first period after Niklas Kronwall was sent to the penalty box for high-sticking the Capitals captain. After some nifty stick-handling by Marcus Johansson, Ovechkin came screaming down the slot to receive Johansson's centering pass and fire a shot past Jimmy Howard.

Mike Knuble doubled the Capitals' advantage at the 11:25 mark when he redirected a centering pass from Jason Chimera past Howard. Ovechkin made the score 3-0 at 14:51 when he picked up a defensive rebound of a missed Brooks Laich shot and finished past Howard, who had wandered out of his cage.

The Red Wings had a chance to get back in the game with the score still 2-0, but a would-be goal was washed out by an goaltender interference penalty on Tomas Holmstrom.

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink. For the latest on the Red Wings, visit Winging It In Motown. For the latest news, notes, and analysis from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Capitals Vs. Red Wings: Washington Plays Western Conference Contenders

Both Washington and Detroit have been struggling as of late. Who can break their slump in Detroit Monday night?

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