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Howard Helps Red Wings Beat Capitals 4-3 In SO

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Patrick Eaves #17 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal with his teammate Henrik Zetterberg #40 against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on January 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO

Patrick Eaves #17 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal with his teammate Henrik Zetterberg #40 against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on January 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO

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By LARRY LAGE/AP Hockey Writer

DETROIT (AP) – Alex Ovechkin had a game-tying goal with 7 seconds left in the third period, but Patrick Eaves scored in the seventh of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Capitals on Friday night.

Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, but the Red Wings couldn’t prevent the NHL’s goal-scoring leader from sending the game to overtime.

The Capitals pulled their goaltender late in regulation.
Ovechkin had time and space to wind up for a slap shot from above the circles that sent the puck past Howard and into the net to make it 3-all. Ovechkin has 39 goals this season, his highest total since scoring 50 times during the 2009-10 season.

 

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