Tomas Holmstrom broke a third-period tie with a power play goal as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday and consigned the visitors to their third successive defeat. Holmstrom lifted the Red Wings to their second win in a row after an 0-2 start when he scored the winner with just under seven minutes remaining. The goal came after a hooking penalty on Washington's Mike Green. "If we don't address our penalties it's difficult because it ruins the whole flow of our game," said the Capitals' defenceman Brian Pothier said.
"Our penalty killers are tired. Our top guns aren't on the ice. Not to mention they've got a five on four." Ville Leino and Jason Williams also had goals for Detroit and Valtteri Filppula provided two assists. Matt Bradley and Brendan Morrison scored Washington's goals with Morrison's tally levelling the score at 2-2 early in the third period. Washington's Alex Ovechkin failed to score for the second consecutive game but did record an assist on Morrison's goal.
In other NHL action, Sidney Crosby scored twice as the Stanley Cup holders, the Pittsburgh Penguins, claimed their fourth win of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Crosby scored both of Pittsburgh's goals in the second period to take the game away from Toronto, extending his side's lead from 2-1 to 4-1. Ryan Malone scored a hat-trick, two of them in the third, as the Tampa Bay Lightning pulled away late to claim a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The match had been tied at 2-2 going into the final period.
Andrew Ladd netted decisively in the ninth round of a marathon shootout to earn the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 success over the Colorado Avalanche. The Boston Bruins scored three times in the final period against the New York Islanders to claw back a three-goal deficit before going on to record a 4-3 shootout win. Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard scored in the shootout to seal the win for the Bruins.
The Anaheim Ducks also came from behind in the third to win, Teemu Selanne scoring twice to get his side back on level terms at 2-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Jonas Hiller then saved from Danny Briere, Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne in the shootout to earn the Ducks a 3-2 success. The San Jose Sharks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2, the Edmonton Oilers edged the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0. The Ottawa Senators beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2, the New Jersey Devils were 3-2 winners over the Florida Panthers, the Buffalo Sabres edged the Nashville Predators 1-0 and the Los Angeles Kings beat the St Louis Blues 2-1.