WASHINGTON (AP) – Henrik Zetterberg scored two power-play goals and Nicklas Lidstrom added a goal and two assists to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Lidstrom scored the winning goal on a power play that gave Detroit a 4-2 lead with 2:53 left in the third period. Pavel Datsyuk also scored for the Red Wings.

Rookie star Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals. Matt Pettinger and Jamie Heward also scored for Washington.

The Red Wings were 3-for-6 on the power play and the Capitals were 1-for-7.

Datsyuk gave Detroit its first lead at 3-2 on an unassisted goal at 4:01 of the third period. He deked right and fired a shot over goalie Olaf Kolzig’s right shoulder for his 10th goal of the season.

Zetterberg made it 2-2 with his second goal of the game on a power play at 5:27 of the second period. Kolzig made a nifty save with the Capitals playing two men down, but Zetterberg stuffed home a rebound for his 13th goal of the season.

The Capitals took a 2-1 lead on Pettinger’s short-handed goal at 2:54 of the second period.

Zetterberg tied it at 1 with a power-play goal with 1:54 remaining in the first period.

Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 5:23 of the first period with his 18th goal of the season. Bryan Muir rebounded Heward’s shot from the point and pushed the puck to Ovechkin, who scored on a wrist shot from just inside the right circle.

The Capitals, who outshot the Red Wings 11-7 in the first period, took three shots but did not score with a two-man advantage midway through the third period. They failed to manage a shot during two straight power plays in the second.

Notes: This was the only meeting between the teams scheduled for this season. … Entering Friday’s play, Ovechkin led NHL rookies in goals (17), points (30), power-play goals (7) and shots (135). He also leads the league with four shootout goals. … Twenty-five years ago on Dec. 9, 1978, the Capitals posted their first victory on Canadian ice, a 7-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The franchise previously was 0-29-2 on the road against Canadian clubs.

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