Before the first period was over, Washington lost three forwards.
It didn't stop the Capitals, who managed a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night thanks to Jay Beagle's goal with 5:11 remaining in the third period.
Washington coach Barry Trotz noted that besides the injuries to Andre Burakovsky, Lars Ellis and T.J. Oshie, a couple of players had equipment problems.
"I was like, 'OK, we're down to like five or six guys,"' Trotz said. "I thought it was a real gutsy effort. We got a lot of commitment in a lot of areas. They tried to grind us down pretty good with their numbers. I thought we were resilient. When it was time to be committed, we were fully in."
Washington was coming off a seven-goal outburst against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night after scoring just five goals in its previous four games.
The Capitals had played the season's early weeks without major injuries, something that Trotz wryly noted.
"I got a flu shot today with one of our doctors. I said, 'knock on wood, we haven't had any injuries,' and we were talking about that, and how fortunate that was, and I should have just kept my mouth shut," Trotz said.
Braden Holtby had 25 saves for his first shutout this season and the 24th of his career.
"On any given night we know he's going to show up. We know he's going to be one of the best players on the ice if not the best," Capitals forward Tom Wilson said. "He's always there for us to bail us out, and it's nice to get him the shutout."
"I just kind of spun around and saw a wide open net so I just tried to get it as I was falling," Beagle said. "I don't think I've even been a part of a game where three guys go down kind of all within the first 10 minutes of the game."
Howard finished with 27 saves for the Red Wings, who have lost three straight for the first time this season.
"Somehow, the puck had eyes, got through, went off my left skate, went right back out in front," Howard said.
Detroit coach Jeff Blashill was unhappy with his team's power play. The Red Wings failed to score on four opportunities.
"There's no question we should have scored on one of those power play looks. That ended up being the difference in the game," Blashill said. "When you're not scoring, you've got to find a way to be ferocious, get to the net, score dirty goals, score the ugly, greasy goals."
Terps women rout Mt. St. Mary's, 106-42
Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 6 Maryland rout visiting Mount St. Mary's, 106-42, on Friday. Ieshia Small had 14 points off the bench for the Terps (3-0), who got 10 points apiece from Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Kaila Charles and Jenna Staiti and shot 58 percent from the field. The Mountaineers (1-2), who trailed only 18-13 at the end of the first quarter, were led in scoring by Katrice Dickson, who had 12 points.
More women's college basketball: Taylor Dunham scored 20 points to lead host Navy (1-2) to a 78-69 victory over Hofstra (2-1). Other leading scorers for the Mids included: Hannah Fenske (15 points), Kaila Clark (11 points) and Molly Sanders (10 points).
Maryland football: Jalen Browder, a three-star receiver from Dallas, Ga., who has committed to the Terps, was charged with speeding, driving with a suspended registration, driving without registration or tag, failure to show proper insurance and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana Thursday after a traffic stop in Georgia. He posted a little over $2,000 bond and was released.
— Don Markus
More college football: Navy's Ken Niumatalolo is one of 16 semifinalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award.
Golf: Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, also known as Baltimore's Classic Five, will host its 21st annual Turkey Shoot outings on Thursday morning at Pine Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Forest Park and Clifton Park courses. A FootGolf outing will be held at the Craig Willinger Memorial FootGolf Course at Carroll Park. Golfers must prepay to reserve a space. To register, go to or call any of the golf course pro shops. For more information, go to Classic5Golf.com.
Laurel Park: The Fall Festival of Racing, featuring the Grade 3 De Francis Dash, will have three carryovers. The day begins with a $4,742.45 Super Hi 5 carryover in the first race, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint featuring a full field of 12 with four on the also eligible list. The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $16,278.14 while the Pick 5 has a carryover of $3,784.02. First-race post time is noon. The De Francis program features seven stakes worth $825,000.
College administration: Maryland named Jamie Williams director of student-athlete engagement and professional development. He spent the past three years at Nebraska as associate athletic director for leadership, student-athlete recruitment and diversity initiatives.
Men's college soccer: Johns Hopkins junior defender Mike Swiercz, Messiah senior midfielder Jacob Bender (Calvert Hall) and Hood senior forward Drew Demich were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Division III Academic All-America second team. Arcadia junior forward Bradley McKim (Calvert Hall) and Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Samy Ramadane made the third team.
Women's college soccer: Lebanon Valley senior forward Sammy Bost (Liberty) was named to the CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America first team. Johns Hopkins senior forward Meg Van de Loo made the second team.
Women's college volleyball: Senior Jessica Lewis hit .345 and had a team-high 13 kills as fifth-seeded Towson (24-8) earned a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 26-24, 25-23) of fourth-seeded Hofstra (20-10) to advance to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals in Wilmington, N.C. The Tigers will play top-seeded James Madison today at 2 p.m. ... Lewis and sophomore right side hitter Jocelyn Kuilan were selected to the All-CAA first team. Towson redshirt senior middle blocker Candace Steadman was named to the second team. William & Mary junior outside hitter Sydney Biniak (Howard) made the third team. Towson freshman setter Marrisa Wonders made the rookie team.
Women's college cross country: Elizabethtown sophomore Colleen Kernan (Westminster) made the All-Landmark Conference second team.
Orioles: The Orioles added two pitchers, right-handers Joe Gunkel and Jesus Liranzo, to their 40-man roster ahead of the deadline to protect players from next month's Rule 5 draft. Gunkel, 24, who is projected as a reliever, has a career 3.30 ERA in the minors with a 1.12 WHIP, and in 2016 had a 4.02 ERA over 28 starts with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Liranzo, 21, had elbow surgery in 2014 and was finally fully healthy in 2016. This season, he had a 1.87 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 27 walks in 53 innings with Low-A Delmarva and Bowie. Relievers Stefan Crichton and Jimmy Yacabonis, catcher Audry Perez and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski are among those who were left off the roster who could interest other teams.
— Jon Meoli
More baseball: The Washington Nationals added right-hander Austin Voth, infielders Jose Marmalejos and Matt Skole, catcher Raudy Read and outfielder Rafael Bautista to the 40-man roster, making them safe from selection in the Rule 5 draft.
— Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
Major League Soccer: D.C. United named Nolan Sheldon assistant coach.
Basketball: Former Washington Mystics coach Marianne Stanley, Herb Magee and John Bach were named winners of the Joe Lapchick Character Award.