NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington
(Wednesday, December 6th)
Final Score: Washington 6, Ottawa 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Chris Clark tallied two goals to lead the Washington Capitals past the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, at the Verizon Center.
Matt Pettinger and Matt Bradley added a goal and an assist apiece while Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Ovechkin each had three helpers for the Capitals, who have rattled off four straight victories. That includes three straight home wins for the first time since February 24 - March 2, 2003.
Olaf Kolzig had 35 saves for Washington, which scored three goals in the third period.
Ray Emery was torched for six goals on 37 shots for the Senators, who had a four-game winning streak halted. Mike Fisher and Jason Spezza scored for Ottawa.
The Caps scored two goals separated by just 36 seconds towards the end of the opening period to take control of the contest.
With 4:30 to play in the first, Bradley knocked down a clearing attempt in the left circle and quickly snapped a wrister into the top right corner of the net. Just 36 ticks later, Clark battled for a loose puck outside the crease and after two attempts, whacked the disc over the goal line past a sprawled out Emery to make it 2-0.
Ottawa made it 2-1 at 8:18 of the second stanza. On the power play, Peter Schaefer controlled the puck at right point and moved the disc to Fisher at the right side of the cage. Fisher then threw a shot on net and the puck hit of Kolzig's right pad and into the net.
Clark's second goal of the game gave Washington its two-goal lead back at 13:54 of the second.
The Senators pulled to within a goal after Spezza scored his 14th goal of the season 5:02 into the final frame. Tom Preissing's shot from the right point was stopped, but Spezza banged in the rebound from the right side of the crease to make it 3-2.
The Caps responded shortly after Spezza's tally with a power-play goal to once again regain their two-goal cushion. Alexander Semin knocked down a clearing attempt at the blueline with his glove and skated into the high slot. From there, Semin wound up for a slap shot and fired the puck just under the crossbar at 6:21.
Goals by Pettinger and Brooks Laich, separated by 51 seconds midway through the final frame, iced the victory for Washington.
Ovechkin has 14 assists on the season...Laich's goal was his first of the campaign...The Caps went 2-for-7 on the power play, while the Sens were 1-for-8 with the man advantage...Ottawa forward Daniel Alfredsson missed the game with a leg injury.
12/06 22:05:41 ET