Backstrom's SO goal give Caps win over Red Wings

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Washington Capitals rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Friday night.

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman listens to lawyer Robert J. Cleary present his findings regarding Rick Tocchet during a press conference Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 in New York. Bettman announced that he will reinstate Tocchet effective Feb. 7, 2008. Tocchet had been on a leave of absence from the league since February 2006, when he was accused of running a U-S sports gambling ring. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

DETROIT (AP) - Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Washington Capitals rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Friday night.

Brooks Laich, and Alex Ovechkin added goals, and Michale Latta scored his first in the NHL for Washington. Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

Johan Franzen had two goals and an assist, and Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which lost its seventh straight at home and its 11th consecutive overtime decision there. Jakub Kindl had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves.

Latta tied it 3-3 with 8:06 left in regulation when he poked in a loose puck from just outside the slot.

Ovechkin had brought Washington within 3-2 at 3:19 of the third period with his 15th goal. He beat Howard with a one-timed shot from the bottom of the left circle.


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