January 7, 2019 / 1:16 AM / 7 months ago

Kempny lifts Capitals past Red Wings

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The Washington Capitals hadn’t seen a three-game losing streak all season going into Sunday’s game at Detroit, but they left knowing they still haven’t seen a four-game losing streak.

Michal Kempny scored game-winning goal with 3:52 remaining to give the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

Kempny fired a shot from the point that went off the stick of Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi and got past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to help Washington rally from a 2-1 deficit going into the third period.

Detroit had a good chance to tie when it went on the power play with 2:47 remaining, but the Red Wings couldn’t convert on the chance and have now won just once in their last eight games and twice in their last 13.

The Capitals took a 1-0 lead with 13:03 left in the first period on a goal by Tom Wilson, who got a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov in the right faceoff circle area and buried the chance into a half-open net.

The Red Wings tied the game with 5:52 remaining in the first on a goal by Anthony Mantha, who skated towards Washington goalie Braden Holtby and slipped a backhander underneath his pads to make 1-1.

Detroit then took a 2-1 lead with 13:12 left in the second period on a goal by Filip Hronek, who took a nice cross-ice pass from Dylan Larkin near the Washington goal and tapped the puck into the net.

In the third period, Washington tied the game at 2-2 with 13:41 left in regulation on a goal by Travis Boyd, who took a pass from Alex Ovechkin and buried a chance in a half-open net from the slot.

Howard made 31 saves in goal for Detroit, and Holtby made 23 saves for the Capitals.

Washington swept all three regular-season meetings with the Red Wings for the season.

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