NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington
(Tuesday, January 1st)
Final Score: Washington 6, Ottawa 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Green recorded two goals and an assist, leading the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in the back end of a home-and-home series at the Verizon Center.
Michael Nylander, Boyd Gordon and Brooks Laich each had a goal and an assist for Washington, which has won two straight and three of four overall. Alex Ovechkin collected two helpers and Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves.
The Capitals defeated the Senators 8-6 on Saturday in Ottawa.
Chris Neil and Dean McAmmond each posted a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have dropped two straight following a three-game win streak. Martin Gerber was pulled in the first period after he allowed three goals on eight shots. Ray Emery stopped 15-of-17 shots the rest of the way.
"Sometimes there are teams you play well against. I think we've got to give ourselves credit, to beat this team three games in a row," Green said. "They're a very good hockey club and the stats show that."
The teams began right where they left off on Saturday, combining for six goals in a wild first period.
Ottawa built a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. After Neil lit the lamp at 1:54, McAmmond used his speed to split the defense and lift a well-placed backhander over the glove of Kolzig at 4:46.
Washington then scored four consecutive goals and carried a 4-2 lead into the first intermission.
Viktor Kozlov put the Capitals on the board 29 seconds after McAmmond's marker when he one-timed a centering feed from Nicklas Backstrom under the pads of Gerber.
Less than two minutes later, Nylander jammed in a juicy rebound at the left side of the crease to tie the game. At 7:34, Green roofed the puck over the catching glove of Gerber to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead. Gerber's night was done, as Emery took over between the pipes.
Laich's backhander capped the scoring outburst with 4:15 remaining in the opening stanza.
"We got off to a great start, and different players made some bad plays on routine things," Senators head coach John Paddock said. "All of the sudden, they had the lead right back."
Washington began the middle frame with a two-man advantage and quickly extended its cushion when Green, positioned at the left circle, one-timed a perfect cross-ice pass from Nylander.
Andrej Meszaros made it a 5-3 game at 1:10 of the third when his wrister whizzed past the blocker of Kolzig and banged off the far post.
Gordon's empty-net goal with 1:51 left in regulation sealed the win.
Washington has won six of the last eight meetings...Kolzig earned the 289th victory of his career, tying him with Ed Giacomin for 25th on the all-time wins list...Ovechkin extended his point streak to seven games (seven goals, five assists)...Ottawa's Jason Spezza had a 10-game point streak broken...The Senators have lost 10 games in regulation, with three of those losses coming against the Capitals. Washington has outscored Ottawa 18-10 this season.
01/01 20:41:24 ET