NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington |
(Monday, November 6th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Chris Clark's tally on a deflection 1:33
into overtime sent the Washington Capitals to a dramatic 4-3 win over the
Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center.
Alexander Ovechkin scored twice, including the tying goal with 24.4 seconds
remaining to send the game into overtime, but it wasn't without controversy.
Senators defenseman Chris Phillips was whistled for a tripping penalty in his
defensive zone with 1:03 left in regulation, and despite a heated protest from
Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray, the Sens would face the rest of the third down
Taking full advantage of the situation, the Caps pulled goaltender Brent
Johnson and skated 6-on-4. The strategy paid off when Ovechkin netted his
second of the night, threading a shot along the ice near the boards at the
left circle that somehow found its way through Martin Gerber's pads.
Then on the game-winner, Caps forward Alexander Semin sent a floating wrister
from the boards near the right point toward the net. Clark, stationed at the
edge of the right circle, redirected the puck off the shaft of his stick past
a confused and lunging Gerber.
Matt Pettinger got the other goal, while Semin assisted on the final three
scores for the Capitals. Johnson stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief of
Olaf Kolzig to pick up the win for Washington, winners in three of their last
Kolzig had a rough night, giving up three goals on five shots before hitting
Daniel Alfredsson recorded a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which has dropped
four in a row. Antoine Vermette and Dany Heatley also scored, and Andrej
Meszaros collected two helpers for the Senators.
Gerber took the loss, stopping only 22-of-26 shots.
Ottawa came out of the gate with three goals in the first 11:51.
Alfredsson got his third of the year to open the scoring at 1:31, off a nifty
feed in front by Jason Spezza. The lead was 2-0 at 10:25 when Vermette scored
a highlight-reel goal by breaking into the Washington zone, faking a shot,
then moving to the right to pull Kolzig out of position before slipping the
puck along the ice into a wide open net.
Only 86 seconds later, Heatley's uncontested short-side wrister from the
bottom of the left circle put the Sens up 3-0, ending Kolzig's night
in favor of Johnson.
The Capitals then took the remainder of regulation to draw even.
Their first goal of the night came at 19:14 of the first period on the man
advantage. Jamie Heward's blast from the point was tipped by Pettinger, who
cruised through the slot just in time to redirect it over Gerber.
The deficit was cut to 3-2 at 7:56 of the second, when Semin unloaded a slap
shot from the right point that hit Ovechkin's stick and changed direction,
beating Gerber low to the far side.
Washington finished 2-of-4 on the power play, while Ottawa was scoreless in
two chances...The Capitals have beaten Ottawa in two straight, after losing
their previous four games against the Senators...Ottawa will try to avoid a
five-game losing skid when they continue their road trip in Atlanta on
Wednesday...Washington's win puts it in a tie with Carolina for second place
in the Southeast Division with 16 points.
11/06 22:31:52 ET