NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington
(Wednesday, January 4th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dominik Hasek made 23 saves and three different Ottawa players scored, as the Senators defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-1, at the MCI Center.
Chris Phillips and Patrick Eaves both scored for the Senators, who won for the fifth time in their last six games. Peter Schaefer added an empty-net tally for Ottawa.
Dany Heatley picked up an assist in the contest to extend his points streak to nine games (six goals, six assists), but he failed to find the back of the net for the first time in six games.
Matt Pettinger scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who lost for the fourth time in their last five contests. Olaf Kolzig allowed just two goals on 26 shots.
While Heatley extended his points streak, Alexander Ovechkin saw his six-game goal-scoring streak come to an end. He also had six assists during that span.
Ottawa held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first after Phillips' first goal of the season. During a 4-on-4 situation, Heatley sent a pass into the slot to Zdeno Chara, who ripped a shot on net. Kolzig made the save, but the rebound came out to Phillips at the left circle and he deposited it past the unset netminder with 52 seconds left in the period.
Eaves' wrister found the back of the net with 7:03 remaining in the second stanza and staked the Senators to a 2-0 edge. It was Eaves' sixth goal of the season.
The Capitals made it a one-goal contest with 5:41 remaining in the third after Mathieu Biron fired a one-timer from the right point that Pettinger deflected past Hasek for a power-play tally.
The goal awakened the Capital offense as they desperately tried to net the equalizer, but Hasek was able to keep the puck out of the net and Schaefer iced the game with an empty-net score with 22 seconds left.
Ottawa continues to play without star forward Daniel Alfredsson (25 goals, 30 assists) and were without center Jason Spezza (13 goals, 35 assists), who was a scratch against Washington...The Capitals fell to 1-2-0 on their current six-game homestand...Ottawa now leads the all-time series 22-21-5...Ottawa finished 0-for-8 on the power play while Washington was just 1- for-9...Ovechkin was the NHL's rookie of the month for December.
01/04 22:01:03 ET