NHL Game Summary - Washington at Ottawa
(Thursday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Washington 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa posted a goal and an assist, as the Ottawa Senators pounded the Washington Capitals, 5-1, at the Corel Centre.
Radek Bonk, Bryan Smolinski, Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Senators, who have won three straight games and improved to 4-1-0-1 on the young season. Patrick Lalime turned aside 17 shots in the victory.
Ottawa welcomed Martin Havlat back to the team and the right wing picked up a pair of assists. Havlat played for the first time this season after ending a holdout on October 11.
Peter Bondra scored for the Capitals, who are in the midst of a six-game losing streak (0-5-1). Washington's lone win of the season came in its season opener against the Islanders.
Olaf Kolzig stopped just 17-of-22 shots for the Capitals before being pulled in the third period. Sebastien Charpentier finished the game and saved all 13 shots thrown his way.
Bonk evened the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal at 9:53 of the opening stanza. Havlat held the puck beneath the right circle and passed to Bonk, who was at the left edge of the crease for the easy tap-in.
The Senators took a 2-1 advantage at 6:59 of the second on Hossa's fourth goal of the season. Vaclav Varada carried the puck into the Washington zone and passed as he was falling to the ice. Hossa collected the puck at the high slot and fired a slapper over Kolzig's glove hand.
Ottawa pushed its advantage to 5-1 with a trio of goals early in the third period.
Smolinski scored just 31 seconds into the frame to make it a 3-1 contest. He knocked down a bouncing puck in the slot and flipped a backhand shot past Kolzig.
Alfredsson scored at the 2:22 mark to push the lead to 4-1. Jason Spezza gained the zone and made a beautiful stickhandling move to get around a hapless Washington defenseman before sending the puck on net. Kolzig stopped the shot, but Alfredsson skated to the rebound in the left circle and fired the puck into the net.
Chara staked Ottawa to a four-goal lead and chased Kolzig from the game with a slap shot from the left point at 6:20 of the third.
The Capitals opened the scoring just 32 seconds into the contest. Shaun Van Allen took a cross-checking penalty and Bondra made Ottawa pay six seconds later. He slapped a shot from the right circle to beat Lalime.
Bonk and Hossa each extended their point streaks to six games...Ottawa forward Peter Schaefer picked up his 100th career point with an assist on Alfredsson's goal...The Senators registered 21 shots in the third period...Washington defenseman Jason Doig was playing in his 100th career game...Each team went 1- for-5 on the power play.
10/23 22:30:04 ET