NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington|
(Tuesday, January 1st)
Final Score: Washington 6, Ottawa 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Green recorded two goals and an assist,
leading the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators
in the back end of a home-and-home series at the Verizon Center.
Michael Nylander, Boyd Gordon and Brooks Laich each had a goal and an assist
for Washington, which has won two straight and three of four overall. Alex
Ovechkin collected two helpers and Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves.
The Capitals defeated the Senators 8-6 on Saturday in Ottawa.
Chris Neil and Dean McAmmond each posted a goal and an assist for the
Senators, who have dropped two straight following a three-game win streak.
Martin Gerber was pulled in the first period after he allowed three goals on
eight shots. Ray Emery stopped 15-of-17 shots the rest of the way.
"Sometimes there are teams you play well against. I think we've got to give
ourselves credit, to beat this team three games in a row," Green said.
"They're a very good hockey club and the stats show that."
The teams began right where they left off on Saturday, combining for six goals
in a wild first period.
Ottawa built a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. After Neil lit
the lamp at 1:54, McAmmond used his speed to split the defense and lift a
well-placed backhander over the glove of Kolzig at 4:46.
Washington then scored four consecutive goals and carried a 4-2 lead into the
Viktor Kozlov put the Capitals on the board 29 seconds after McAmmond's marker
when he one-timed a centering feed from Nicklas Backstrom under the pads of
Less than two minutes later, Nylander jammed in a juicy rebound at the left
side of the crease to tie the game. At 7:34, Green roofed the puck over the
catching glove of Gerber to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead. Gerber's night was
done, as Emery took over between the pipes.
Laich's backhander capped the scoring outburst with 4:15 remaining in the
"We got off to a great start, and different players made some bad plays on
routine things," Senators head coach John Paddock said. "All of the sudden,
they had the lead right back."
Washington began the middle frame with a two-man advantage and quickly
extended its cushion when Green, positioned at the left circle, one-timed a
perfect cross-ice pass from Nylander.
Andrej Meszaros made it a 5-3 game at 1:10 of the third when his wrister
whizzed past the blocker of Kolzig and banged off the far post.
Gordon's empty-net goal with 1:51 left in regulation sealed the win.
Washington has won six of the last eight meetings...Kolzig earned the 289th
victory of his career, tying him with Ed Giacomin for 25th on the all-time
wins list...Ovechkin extended his point streak to seven games (seven goals,
five assists)...Ottawa's Jason Spezza had a 10-game point streak broken...The
Senators have lost 10 games in regulation, with three of those losses coming
against the Capitals. Washington has outscored Ottawa 18-10 this season.
01/01 20:41:24 ET