Caps lose in shootout, 4-3


December 18, 2007

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler scored in a shootout to lift the host Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals last night.

Tomas Holmstrom had two goals, Zetterberg added a goal and an assist, and Datsyuk had three assists for NHL-leading Detroit in regulation. Dominik Hasek made 27 saves.

Alexander Ovechkin, Jeff Schultz and Semin scored for Washington. Olie Kolzig stopped 27 shots, and Alexander Semin had a shootout goal.

Islanders -- Chris Simon left the team, saying he needed time away after his latest penalty for attempting to injure an opponent. Simon missed the first five games of this season while completing a 25-game NHL ban. He could be in line for another long penalty after his actions against Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu on Saturday, when Simon was given a match penalty after tripping Ruutu to the ice and stepping on the back of his leg.

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