Fucale posts shutout in NHL debut, Capitals blank Red Wings

Nov 11, 2021, 5:34 AM | Updated: 8:26 pm
Washington Capitals goalie Zach Fucale stops a Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) shot...

Washington Capitals goalie Zach Fucale stops a Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

              Detroit Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss (29) stops a Washington Capitals left wing Carl Hagelin (62) shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Washington Capitals goalie Zach Fucale stops a Detroit Red Wings center Pius Suter (24) shot as Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, right, celebrates his goal with Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Washington Capitals goalie Zach Fucale stops a Detroit Red Wings shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Washington Capitals goalie Zach Fucale (60) celebrates after beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              Washington Capitals goalie Zach Fucale stops a Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — Zach Fucale became the first goaltender in Capitals history to post a shutout in his NHL debut, stopping 21 shots as Washington beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 Thursday night.

Dmitry Orlov and Lars Eller scored 10 seconds apart in the first period as the Capitals ended Detroit’s three-game win streak.

The 26-year-old Fucale was picked by Montreal in the second round of the 2013 draft. He was 3-0-2 this season for Hershey before the Capitals called him up this week from the American Hockey League.

“I can’t dream it better, to be honest,” Fucale said. “This is a really great moment. At the end of the day, it’s a great win, and it’s been a hell of a journey.

“But now one is out of the way, we move on and we go to the next game. That’s the reality of it.”

Fucale was the first goaltender to shut out the Red Wings in his NHL debut in Detroit’s 95 seasons. He came up big early as Detroit controlled play for the first 8 minutes.

“He was good, he was sharp,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “And then even through the course of the rest of the game, there was a couple big saves that he had to make in there.”

Alex Ovechkin had an assist on the first goal for the Capitals, who opened a stretch of seven games in 11 days.

Orlov’s second goal of the season came off a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov at 12:43.

Eller scored his first goal after a takeaway from Nick Jensen.

“I thought we were playing our game until they got the two goals, and then they packed it in,” Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said. “After that, we didn’t execute. We didn’t get the puck to the net and we didn’t create enough.”

Thomas Greiss made 27 saves for the Red Wings, who killed four penalties but could not convert on their four power-play chances.

“We didn’t shoot enough, and we didn’t get to pucks in front of the net,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “There were some rebounds and some shots that got blocked and ended up in front – we didn’t get there.”

DREAM DRIVE

Fucale found out he was starting on Wednesday night and his father, Jack, drove down from Montreal. His mother, Catherine, came from Toronto, where she was working.

“They kind of just met here, some family friends made it as well,” Zach Fucale said. “I’m real happy. This is really cool that they’re here.”

Fucale got a big dousing of water from teammates upon entering the locker room after the win.

NOTES

Capitals: Fucale was the fifth Capitals player to make his NHL debut this season. … Washington was without T.J. Oshie (left foot) for the sixth straight game, Anthony Mantha (shoulder) for the third straight game and Nic Dowd for the first game since Monday’s lower-body injury against Buffalo. Nicklas Backstrom (hip) has not played this season.

Red Wings: Detroit was going for its first four-game win streak since March 2019.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Play at Columbus on Friday.

Red Wings: Host Montreal on Saturday.

___

More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/nhl and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kicks the ball during warm up ahead of the World Cup round of 16 so...
Associated Press

Lloris matches France record by starting World Cup match

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris matched France’s national team record of 142 appearances by starting a round-of-16 match against Poland at the World Cup on Sunday. The 35-year-old Lloris is now tied with Lilian Thuram, the right back in France’s 1998 world champion team. Lloris lifted the trophy as captain for Les Bleus […]
1 day ago
Japan players jubilate at the end of the World Cup group E soccer match between Japan and Spain, at...
Associated Press

Japan summons samurai spirit against Croatia at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Japan defender Yuto Nakatomo has told his teammates they’ll need to show “samurai spirit” in Monday’s round-of-16 match against Croatia at the World Cup. And they’ll need another quality that Nakatomo learned playing for almost a decade in Italy, mostly with Inter Milan. “Coraggio,” Nakatomo said. “We need to play with […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Lawrence hangs on to win South African Open

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thriston Lawrence held on to win his home South African Open despite a final-round 2-over 74 at the Blair Atholl course on Sunday. Lawrence started the day with a two-shot lead over Clement Sordet of France and despite extending his advantage to five strokes early on the back nine, the South African […]
1 day ago
Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger stands on the tribune before the World Cup group G soccer match ...
Associated Press

FIFA official Wenger knocks teams protesting at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA official Arsène Wenger took a shot at World Cup teams who tried to make political statements in Qatar, saying Sunday they lacked focus for their first games. Wenger said teams who had a good opening game were mentally ready to focus on the competition and “not on political demonstration.” The […]
1 day ago
Brazil's Neymar applauds fans at the end of the World Cup group G soccer match between Cameroon and...
Associated Press

Brazil waits on Neymar for South Korea game at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Whether Neymar is in the lineup, on the bench or resting for a third consecutive game will depend on how he performs in Brazil’s last training session ahead of the team’s match against South Korea on Monday in the round of 16 at the World Cup. The Brazil forward missed two […]
1 day ago
Weston McKennie of the United States leaves the pitch at the end of the World Cup round of 16 socce...
Associated Press

American soccer success in World Cup remains a dream

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — American soccer success in the World Cup remains a dream. The U.S. team looked better in this year’s World Cup, but the results were the same as in 2010 and 2014. The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 following a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday. “We’ve shown […]
1 day ago
Fucale posts shutout in NHL debut, Capitals blank Red Wings