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Washington’s Michael Latta celebrates after scoring a goal that tied the score at 3 in the third period. The Capitals downed Detroit 4-3 in a shootout.
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Capitals rally, top Red Wings in SO

– The Washington Capitals are the latest team to take advantage of the Detroit Red Wings’ generosity at home.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Capitals rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Red Wings 4-3 on Friday night.

It was the Detroit’s seventh consecutive home loss and its 11th straight overtime loss at Joe Louis Arena.

“Very surprising. It just goes to show you how fickle the game is,” said Washington coach Adam Oates, who began his Hall of Fame playing career with Detroit in the mid-1980s. “The same team could win a zillion in a row.”

Brooks Laich, and Alex Ovechkin added goals, and Michale Latta scored his first in the NHL for Washington. Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

The Capitals rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime.

“It’s a huge win. That’s a good team,” said Ovechkin, who trimmed the led to 3-2 early in the third. “Everyone knows what they have out there and how good they are. They got a 3-1 lead, and we kept pushing.”

Johan Franzen had two goals and an assist, and Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for Detroit. Jakub Kindl had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves.

“Same thing, same outcome but we can’t get frustrated, can’t get discouraged,” Howard said. “Somehow, some way keep a positive mind frame in here and just continue to keep going out there and working because we’re doing a lot of good things.

“It’s tough to take over a game for a full 60 minutes. There’s going to be waves and ups and downs. Mistakes happen, we’re just going to have to find a way to overcome them.”

Latta tied it 3-3 with 8:06 left in regulation when he poked in a loose puck from just outside the slot.

“Obviously nice to get it when it meant so much, and not a 7-0 game,” Latta said.

Ovechkin had brought Washington within 3-2 at 3:19 of the third period with his 15th goal. He beat Howard with a one-timed shot from the bottom of the left circle.

DeKeyser’s power-play goal with 18 seconds remaining in the second period gave Detroit a 3-1 lead.

CANADIENS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2 SO: In Columbus, Ohio, David Desharnais scored the only goal in the shootout and Peter Budaj stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker and Columbus dropped its eighth game in nine outings.

HURRICANES 3, DUCKS 2, SO: In Raleigh, N.C., Chris Terry scored the winner in the shootout and Justin Peters made 28 saves and helped Carolina conclude a 4-0-1 homestand.

SABRES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: In Buffalo, N.Y., Steve Ott had a goal and an assist, and Buffalo beat Toronto in coach Ted Nolan’s first game in 16 years behind the Sabres’ bench.

KINGS 2, DEVILS 0: In Newark, N.J., Dwight King and Anze Kopitar scored third-period goals and Ben Scrivens made 26 saves to lift Los Angeles.

PENGUINS 4, PREDATORS 1: In Pittsburgh, James Neal and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist, and Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak.

SENATORS 4, BRUINS 2: In Ottawa, Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Bobby Ryan scored third-period goals and the Senators earned a comeback victory to end Boston’s 11-game winning streak in Ottawa.

WILD 3, PANTHERS 2: In St. Paul, Minn., Charlie Coyle put Minnesota ahead with 8:22 remaining after Florida scored twice in the third period to tie it, and the Wild hung on for their sixth win in seven games.

JETS 3, FLYERS 2, SO: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dustin Byfuglien had two power-play goals and Bryan Little scored the winner in the shootout.

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