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The Journal Gazette

Monday, January 07, 2019 1:00 am

NHL

Capitals rally past Wings with 2 goals in 3rd period

Associated Press

DETROIT – On another fruitless night for their power play, the Washington Capitals needed scoring from some unlikely sources.

Michal Kempny and Travis Boyd scored in the third period, and the Capitals snapped their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. Kempny's winner came with 3:52 remaining. It was his fifth goal of the season, and Boyd scored his fourth.

“Through the first two, it was a slow and sloppy game,” Boyd said. “We came together here in between the second and the third and just said if we put together 20 good minutes here, we could walk away with the win. We were able to do that.”

Tom Wilson also scored for the Capitals, who improved to 9-0-2 in their last 11 games against Detroit. Anthony Mantha and Filip Hronek scored for the Red Wings.

The Capitals trailed 2-1 heading into the final period, but Boyd tied it off a pass from Alex Ovechkin. Goalie Jimmy Howard nearly made the save sliding from right to left, but the puck made it through.

Kempny's winner came on a wrist shot from the blue line that sailed through traffic and past Howard. The shot appeared to take a deflection off Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi, who was trying to pressure Kempny.

The Capitals won the Stanley Cup last season on the strength of a dynamic power play, but that unit is now 1 for 31 over the past 10 games after four more empty opportunities Sunday. Detroit wasn't any better, though. The Red Wings were 0 for 3 and were unable to convert after T.J. Oshie took a penalty with 2:47 left in regulation.

Detroit is 1 for 20 on the power play in its past eight games.

“When you get a power play, everyone gets excited because you've got a chance to change the game,” Mantha said. “When you don't do anything, it takes away all of your momentum.”

BLACKHAWKS 5, PENGUINS 3: In Pittsburgh, Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period to help Chicago end Pittsburgh's eight-game winning streak.

Strome scored seconds after a power-play expired, beating fallen goalie Casey DeSmith off a pass from Patrick Kane. Jonathan Toews added an empty-net goal and had an assist to run his points streak to six games.

Alex DeBrincat scored on a power play for his 19th of the season, and Chris Kunitz and Duncan Keith both scored their first for the Blackhawks. They won their 10th straight against the Penguins, including five straight in Pittsburgh. The Blackhawks haven't lost to the Penguins since March 30, 2014, in Pittsburgh.

Chicago snapped a two-game skid and has won three of five and six of nine following an eight-game losing streak in November.

Kane had three assists.