WASHINGTON (AP) _ Steve Yzerman scored on a power play with 5:02 left in regulation as Detroit finished with 54 shots but settled for a 2-2 tie with the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
Detroit, which trailed 2-0 after the first period, tied the score when Yzerman took a pass from Nicklas Lidstrom at the top of the left of the faceoff circle and his slapshot got past Olaf Kolzig, who ended up with 52 saves.
Despite skating a man down, the Capitals scored 16 seconds into the game on a goal by Andrei Nikolishin. He won a faceoff and sent the puck back to Peter Bondra whose initial shot was stopped by Detroit’s Chris Osgood, who finished with 19 saves. Joe Murphy slapped the rebound into Osgood’s stick before Nikolishin put in the second rebound for his ninth goal of the season.
Washington scored again nearly eight minutes later when Jeff Halpern collected a Steve Konowalchuk centering pass in between the circles and sent a high wrist shot past Osgood. Konowalchuk’s pass was intended for Ulf Dahlen, but it deflected to Halpern, who scored his 10th goal of the year.
The two first period goals was a stark contrast for the Red Wings, which, before Friday, had outscored opponents 70-45 in the first period of games this season.
Detroit pulled to 2-1 when Vyacheslav Kozlov batted a deflected shot by Yzerman out of the air behind Kolzig. The goal was Kozlov’s 18th of the year.
Detroit, coming into to Friday’s game, had beaten the Capitals seven consecutive times, including a four-game sweep of Washington in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals.
Washington, which has now earned a point in 15 of its last 16 home games, played Friday’s game without center Jan Bulis, left wing Richard Zednik and defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who have combined for 39 goals and 66 assists for Washington this season.