Ward was the last Capitals player back on Tatar's goal, but he made up for his mistake just 19 seconds later when he matched his career high with his 17th goal of the season and second of the game.
Exactly five minutes later the Red Wings' resiliency paid off again when Nyquist netted his second of the game on a feed from Zetterberg to send the Red Wings into the second intermission trailing 4-3.
NOTES: The Capitals were without D Mike Green (head injury) for the second straight game. C Brooks Laich (groin) also sat out. They were replaced in the lineup with D Tyson Strachan and C Casey Wellman. ... The Red Wings were without C Stephen Weiss (hernia), RW Johan Franzen (concussion) and C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body). ... The Capitals improved to 15-7-2 on Super Bowl Sundays. ... Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Capitals coach Adam Oates were teammates on the 2002-03 Anaheim Mighty Ducks, along with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and Senators coach Paul MacLean. ... Capitals LW Martin Erat entered the game as the only NHL player with 20 assists and no goals. ... Red Wings RW Gustav Nyquist has eight goals in his last seven games. ... The Capitals continue their pre-Olympic four-game homestand Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. ... The Red Wings return home to face the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.