DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Red Wings rallied in the third period but fall short – losing to the  Washington Capitals 5-3 on Monday night.

As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Although the injury plagued Red Wings were down by three goals in the first period – they battled back and had a chance to tie the game in the third period, down one goal and a one man advantage, having pulled Jimmy Howard from the net. But it would be the Capitals that take advantage of an empty net and go up two goals 5-3 in the final minute.

“We’re not going to out score teams right now – it’s just not possible,” said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. “Bottom line, this time of year you just have to find a way to contribute.”

Kyle Quincey put the Wings on board first scoring on a power-play in the second period.

It would be 4-1 before Detroit scored again with Todd Bertuzzi scoring and Danny Cleary followed about 12 minutes later to give Detroit a shot at tying the game.

An empty-net, power-play goal by Jason Chimera, sealed Detroit’s fate in the final minute of the game.

Howard had 17 saves on the night, winning goalie Braden Holtby had 30 saves for Washington.

Tune to 97.1 The Ticket on Wednesday night as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Rangers on the road – face-off at 7:30 p.m.

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