Zetterberg had missed two games with a back injury. Forward Henrik Zetterberg faced the Capitals after missing two games with a back injury. The Detroit Red Wings have two key players back in the lineup and are hoping a third returns soon. Howard helped the Red Wings stay ahead by smothering a shot from Ovechkin. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he hopes forward Pavel Datsyuk will play at least one game within the next week. 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. Jason Chimera put the Capitals ahead 1-0 at the 15:24 mark of the first period on a power play and teammate Casey Wellman tied it at 2-all midway through the third, scoring on his third straight shot in a 2-second sequence.
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was scratched from Friday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings with an upper-body injury, which he suffered against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.