Alexander Ovechkin scored twice and the Washington Capitals held on for a 5-3 win over the injury-plagued Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist and Keith Aucoin and Jason Chimera also scored for Washington. Alexander Semin and Marcus Johansson each had two assists and Braden Holtby made 30 saves to send Detroit to its fifth straight loss and seventh in eight games.
Kyle Quincey, Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary scored for Detroit. Brendan Smith had two assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 17 shots.
Cleary put one in from a goal-mouth scramble with 7:08 left for his 12th goal to bring the Red Wings to within 4-3.
Chimera added an empty-net, power-play goal in the final minute.
Bertuzzi poked in a loose puck from just outside the crease 36 seconds into the third period for his 13th goal to make it 4-2.
Washington led 3-0 after the first period as the Capitals scored on two of their first three shots.
Ovechkin opened the scoring 7;48 into the game wit...