Ovechkin late goals push Capitals past Red Wings

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Alex Ovechkin broke the NHL record for power-play goals late in the third period, helping the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Friday.

Ovechkin shot off a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov for a 2-1 lead with 2:51 remaining and NHL power-play goal No. 275, breaking a tie with Dave Andreychuk. It also was his 119th NHL game-winning goal, passing Phil Esposito for third in NHL history.

Ovechkin scored an empty-net goal to make it 3-1 at 19:19 and has scored 754 NHL goals, 24 this season.

The Capitals (20-6-7) have a point in 15 straight games (12-0-3) against the Red Wings, dating to Nov. 18, 2015. Ilya Samsonov made 19 saves.

The Red Wings (15-14-3) played for the first time since Dec. 18, a 5-2 home win against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 18. Thomas Greiss made 24 saves.

Pius Suter gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 1:43 of the second period, putting in Sam Gagner‘s pass just as Detroit’s power-play ended.

Kuznetsov made it 1-1 at 15:53, beating defenseman Marc Staal before slipping the puck past Greiss. Capitals forward Lucas Johansen, making his NHL debut, got an assist for his first point.

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