NHL Game Summary - Washington at Ottawa|
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: Washington 8, Ottawa 6
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin recorded the first five-point
game of his career, four goals and an assist, as Washington defeated
Ottawa, 8-6, in a wild one at Scotiabank Place.
Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists for the
Capitals, who had dropped four of their last five tilts.
Michael Nylander scored twice and Mike Green collected two helpers, while Olaf
Kolzig won despite allowing six goals on 22 shots.
"I can't remember the last time I played in a game like this," said Ovechkin.
"I'm glad we got the win. It was a crazy night where everyone shot the puck
and everyone got lots of points. It was good fun, but not for the goalies."
Mike Fisher registered the first hat trick of his career and Daniel Alfredsson
had two goals and an assist for Ottawa, which had a three-game winning streak
Wade Redden had three assists and Dany Heatley chipped in two helpers,
while Martin Gerber surrendered seven goals on 29 shots.
"We didn't handle the puck well defensively," said Fisher. "We gave up too
many odd-man rushes. It seemed like we weren't reading the play away from the
puck like we should. We didn't skate and we didn't move our feet. We
certainly didn't give each other puck support most of the time. You have to
give credit to Washington, they worked very hard."
Trailing 5-2 to start the third, Jason Spezza's heavy slap shot from the right
point slipped underneath the right arm of Kolzig to make it 5-3 at 4:08.
Ottawa made it a one-goal game, 5-4, with its second short-handed tally of the
night. Fisher stickhandled around Mike Green and wristed the puck over the
glove of Kolzig at 6:41.
Nylander then put the Caps up two at 9:13 when he one-timed a feed from Semin
past Gerber stick-side.
While on the power play, Fisher deflected Redden's long range shot from the
center of the zone through the legs of Kolzig, cutting the deficit to 6-5.
Ovechkin once again restored Washington's two-gaol edge, finishing off the
third hat trick of his career with 6:14 left in the third.
Down 7-5, Ottawa decided to pull Gerber in favor of an extra skater with more
than two minutes to play. Fisher completed his own trick a short time later to
bring the Sens within a goal when he redirected Joe Corvo's wrister from the
Ovechkin finally sealed the win with an empty-net tally in the final minute of
regulation with his career-best fourth of the game.
Semin opened the scoring 61 seconds into the contest. Gerber went behind the
net to play the puck and left it for defenseman Chris Phillips. Semin,
charging on the forecheck, lifted Phillips' stick and stole the puck. He
then quickly came out the far side and stuffed the puck into the net on the
Washington made it a 2-0 game at 4:45 courtesy of the power play. Ovechkin
moved into the high slot and snapped a wrister through the pads of Gerber for
his 27th goal of the season.
Alfredsson's power-play marker with 7:47 remaining in the first cut the
deficit in half. The goal was upheld following an official review that
determined the puck was not hit with a high stick.
Ovechkin finished a give-and-go with Tom Poti by firing the puck over the
glove of Gerber 3:13 into the second and it was a 3-1 Caps edge.
The Capitals expanded their lead to 4-1 on Nylander's power-play tally.
Backstrom fed a pass from the bottom of the right circle to Nylander,
standing on the doorstep, and he tapped it behind Gerber at 6:41.
While down a man, Alfredsson was awarded a penalty shot after he was hooked
from behind. Alfredsson faked the forehand before switching to the backhand
and roofing the puck over Kolzig to make it 4-2 at the midway point of the
Backstrom gave the Capitals a 5-2 advantage with three seconds left in the
Ovechkin has registered seven goals and 10 points during his six-game point
streak...Spezza extended his point streak to 10 games and has nine goals and
11 assists during the run...The Capitals finished the month of December with a
7-3-3 record, assuring themselves of their first month over .500 since October
2006, when they went 4-3-4. In addition, their seven victories in December are
the most in a month since March 2003 (7-3-1)...The 14 combined goals tied the
league's season-high for goals in a game, set in a 9-5 Colorado win over St
Louis on December 9 and an 8-6 Boston win in Los Angeles on October 12.
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