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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