NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington
(Monday, November 6th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Chris Clark's tally on a deflection 1:33 into overtime sent the Washington Capitals to a dramatic 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center.
Alexander Ovechkin scored twice, including the tying goal with 24.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, but it wasn't without controversy.
Senators defenseman Chris Phillips was whistled for a tripping penalty in his defensive zone with 1:03 left in regulation, and despite a heated protest from Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray, the Sens would face the rest of the third down a man.
Taking full advantage of the situation, the Caps pulled goaltender Brent Johnson and skated 6-on-4. The strategy paid off when Ovechkin netted his second of the night, threading a shot along the ice near the boards at the left circle that somehow found its way through Martin Gerber's pads.
Then on the game-winner, Caps forward Alexander Semin sent a floating wrister from the boards near the right point toward the net. Clark, stationed at the edge of the right circle, redirected the puck off the shaft of his stick past a confused and lunging Gerber.
Matt Pettinger got the other goal, while Semin assisted on the final three scores for the Capitals. Johnson stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief of Olaf Kolzig to pick up the win for Washington, winners in three of their last four.
Kolzig had a rough night, giving up three goals on five shots before hitting the showers.
Daniel Alfredsson recorded a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which has dropped four in a row. Antoine Vermette and Dany Heatley also scored, and Andrej Meszaros collected two helpers for the Senators.
Gerber took the loss, stopping only 22-of-26 shots.
Ottawa came out of the gate with three goals in the first 11:51.
Alfredsson got his third of the year to open the scoring at 1:31, off a nifty feed in front by Jason Spezza. The lead was 2-0 at 10:25 when Vermette scored a highlight-reel goal by breaking into the Washington zone, faking a shot, then moving to the right to pull Kolzig out of position before slipping the puck along the ice into a wide open net.
Only 86 seconds later, Heatley's uncontested short-side wrister from the bottom of the left circle put the Sens up 3-0, ending Kolzig's night in favor of Johnson.
The Capitals then took the remainder of regulation to draw even.
Their first goal of the night came at 19:14 of the first period on the man advantage. Jamie Heward's blast from the point was tipped by Pettinger, who cruised through the slot just in time to redirect it over Gerber.
The deficit was cut to 3-2 at 7:56 of the second, when Semin unloaded a slap shot from the right point that hit Ovechkin's stick and changed direction, beating Gerber low to the far side.
Washington finished 2-of-4 on the power play, while Ottawa was scoreless in two chances...The Capitals have beaten Ottawa in two straight, after losing their previous four games against the Senators...Ottawa will try to avoid a five-game losing skid when they continue their road trip in Atlanta on Wednesday...Washington's win puts it in a tie with Carolina for second place in the Southeast Division with 16 points.
11/06 22:31:52 ET