NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Washington 2, Ottawa 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves, including 26 in the final two periods for the Capitals, as Washington hung on for a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson provided two first-period goals for the Capitals, who are 4-0 after their fourth consecutive one-goal win.
"We did a couple good things out there, but I think a lot of things can get better," Backstrom said.
Peter Regin scored the lone goal for the Senators, who got 24 saves from Alex Auld.
The Capitals struck first with a power-play goal 8:47 into the opening period. Mike Knuble possessed the puck from behind the net and found Alexander Semin, who then backhanded a pass to Backstrom for a one-timed wrist shot from a sharp right angle.
Washington made it 2-0 three-plus minutes later when Johansson scored on a wrap-around attempt as the puck trickled through the legs of Auld.
Ottawa got on the board with just 26 seconds to go in the first period. Regin pounced on a loose puck off an initial shot from the right point by David Runbland. Regin controlled the disc in front of the right circle and finished with a wrister.
The Senators outshot the Capitals 26-12 during the last two periods, but it was Vokoun who came up big for Washington.
"We're disappointed with the outcome, we thought we deserved a way better fate with the way that we played," Senators head coach Paul Maclean said.
There was just four total power plays in the game. Ottawa was 0-for-1 while Washington was 1-for-3.
10/15 22:44:34 ET