NHL Game Summary - Washington at Ottawa
(Thursday, November 8th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Viktor Kozlov had a goal and two assists as the Washington Capitals shocked the Ottawa Senators with a 4-1 win at Scotiabank Place.
Nicklas Backstrom scored his first career goal while Tomas Fleischmann and Alexander Ovechkin also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Olaf Kolzig made 27 saves in the win.
"If they had scored on their first chance it really would have deflated our team and we would have been wondering if it's going to be another one of those games that turns into a loss," said Kolzig. "The defense was able to get the puck back in to me and we were able to regroup from there."
Daniel Alfredsson scored the lone goal while Ray Emery gave up four goals on 35 shots for the Senators, who had a franchise-record eight-game winning streak stopped and lost for just the second time (13-2-0) this season.
Ottawa came into the game with the best record in the Eastern Conference, which the team still has, while Washington came into the game ranked dead-last in the East.
"We should have scored right away early in the game and we didn't do it," said Alfredsson. "Then they were the better team in the first period. We were a little too undisciplined. We took too many penalties. We put ourselves in a tough spot where we can't get momentum. I look at is as a game of missed opportunities early and it's still a 0-0 hockey game. Then we don't connect on the five-on-three, so it was a game where we just couldn't grab the momentum. Kolzig played really well today."
After a scoreless first period, the Capitals scored three straight goals in the second to take a 3-0 lead.
Kozlov got things started during 4-on-4 play as his wrist shot found the back of the net with 7:50 left in the period.
A bit over two minutes later, Kozlov skated around the net and threw it out front. Emery tipped the puck with his stick, but it popped into the air and Backstrom tapped it into the net.
Fleischmann finished the outburst with 2:05 to play in the middle stanza when his quick wrister from the right circle made its way past Emery.
Ottawa, though, got one of the goals back with 1:11 left in the second. Dany Heatley left a drop pass for Mike Fisher in the high slot. Fisher immediately swept the puck over to Alfredsson, who one-timed it from the left circle past Kolzig.
Ovechkin's goal with 3:45 left in the third period sealed the win for Washington.
Washington hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday...Ottawa hosts Montreal on Saturday...These two teams split four games last season...Washington went 1- for-4 on the power play while Ottawa finished the game scoreless in its five opportunities...Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov left the game in the first period with a bruised right thigh. He will be re-evaluated on Friday...Fisher played in his 400th game.
11/08 23:38:06 ET