NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington
(Tuesday, February 17th)
Final Score: Ottawa 1, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Olaf Kolzig made a season-high 47 saves as Washington held on for a 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Senators at the MCI Center.
Kolzig was impressive throughout but Marian Hossa scored with 4:23 left in regulation to lift Ottawa into the tie. Martin Prusek made 18 saves as the Senators saw their four-game win streak come to an end.
"It's unfortunate for Olie not to get the shutout because he was sensational," said Washington head coach Glen Hanlon. "It was one of the best games he played in terms of the number of shots and the quality of the shots."
Sergei Gonchar netted the lone goal for the Capitals, who have just one win in their last five games (1-2-2).
Kolzig was at his best in the first period when he stopped 14 Ottawa shots, including one from point-blank range by Jason Spezza with just five seconds remaining as he squeezed his pads together just in time to stop the five-hole shot.
Daniel Alfredsson had a great chance to get the Sens on the board in the second stanza when he broke free shorthanded, but he missed the net as he looked to beat Kolzig high.
With just 3:24 left in the second, Gonchar's sixth tally of the season broke the scoreless tie. On a 4-on-3 man advantage, Gonchar one-timed a feed from Robert Lang at the point to beat Prusek glove side.
Peter Bondra could have made it 2-0 early in the third frame but he fluttered the puck wide right on a partial breakaway.
Kolzig came up with another stellar save seven minutes in when he robbed Josh Langfeld's one-timer from in close off a nice feed across the goal mouth by Chris Neil.
Prusek kept Ottawa within one as he stopped Anson Carter as he streaked down the right side with just under six minutes remaining.
The save proved to be a game-saving one as Ottawa capitalized on a hooking minor to Gonchar a minute and a half later on Hossa's 28th marker of the year. Hossa gathered a loose puck in the slot and backhanded it past Kolzig as he went down to his knees.
"Tonight Olie was on his game and tonight he definitely played extremely well and we couldn't capitalize," said Hossa. "Finally on the power play we got the goal."
In overtime, Kolzig was at it again as he slid across to his right to stop a Hossa stuff attempt midway through. He then thwarted Spezza once more with just a few ticks left as his cross-ice feed deflected on goal off a Caps' defenseman. Kolzig closed up his legs to keep the puck out just before time expired.
Lang extended his point-scoring streak to nine games (3g, 7a). He has notched a point in 16 of his last 17 contests (6g, 16a)...Ottawa center Todd White suffered an apparent right foot injury when he blocked a shot in the second period. He did not return...Gonchar scored in his 650th NHL game. He holds the league lead for defenseman with 45 points...Washington failed to win for the first time this season when leading after two periods (17-0-1).
02/17 23:22:37 ET