NHL Game Summary - Washington at Ottawa
(Saturday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Washington 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson scored two third period goals to lift the red-hot Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Corel Centre.
Bryan Smolinski added two goals while Chris Neil also lit the lamp for the Senators, who are unbeaten in their last nine games (7-0-2). Martin Prusek stopped 14 shots in the win.
Jeff Halpern and Robert Lang tallied for the Capitals, who are winless in their last five contests (0-4-1). Olaf Kolzig turned aside 23-of-26 shots in the setback.
The Senators played without winger Martin Havlat after he was suspended two games by the NHL for kicking Islanders' defenseman Eric Cairns during last Thursday's game.
Ottawa grabbed a 2-1 lead on Alfredsson's power-play goal 4:53 into the third period. Alfredsson took a pass from Wade Redden in his own end of the ice and skated untouched into the Caps' zone where he beat Kolzig through the five hole with a laser from the right circle.
The Senators increased the margin to 3-1 on Alfredsson's second of the night and 16th of the season with 9:35 left in the game. Alfredsson won an offensive-zone faceoff to Kolzig's right and slid the puck back to Curtis Leschyshyn. The defenseman then immediately dished the puck right back to Alfredsson and he wristed a shot over Kolzig's left shoulder for the score.
Washington closed within 3-2 with 2:19 left in the game on its first shot of the third period. The Senators had the puck along the right side, but failed on a clearing attempt when the puck ricocheted off the boards and back into the middle of the zone. Lang picked up the loose puck in between the circles and beat Prusek with a wrister.
Smolinski and Neil each added empty-net goals in the final 1:21 for the final margin.
After a scoreless first period, Halpern's power-play tally with 14:52 left in the middle stanza gave Washington a 1-0 lead. Bates Battaglia wristed a shot from the high slot that Prusek knocked down, but the puck hit a defender in front. The disc then caromed to Prusek's left where Halpern was able to wrist it into the goal on the glove side just as he was falling to the ice.
Ottawa had gone 159 minutes, 25 seconds before allowing the goal to Halpern.
The Senators tied the game with 5:29 left in the second period on Smolinski's eighth goal of the season. Jason Spezza skated up ice along the right side and dropped a pass in the right circle to Smolinski, and the center wristed a shot into the upper right corner of the net for the equalizer.
Spezza and Redden each had two assists...Ottawa is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings with the Capitals...The Senators had recorded consecutive shutouts coming into the game. Ottawa beat Boston 3-0 on December 31 and then blanked the Islanders 1-0 on January 2...Washington fell to 2-7-2-1 in its last 12 home games...Halpern has four goals in his last six games...The Senators have outscored Washington 45-20 in the last 10 meetings...Both teams went 1-for-4 on the power play.
01/03 21:55:28 ET