NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, March 2nd
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (20-32-5) at Ottawa Senators (38-14-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to draw closer to the top spot in
the Eastern Conference tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to
With 81 points, the Sens are three behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the East
lead. Ottawa is four ahead of second-place Buffalo in the Northeast Division.
On Wednesday, gold medal winner Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley scored a
goal and added an assist each, as the Senators edged the Pittsburgh Penguins,
4-3, at Mellon Arena.
Peter Schaefer and Brian Pothier also scored for the Senators, who kicked off
their post-Olympic schedule. Goaltender Ray Emery made 27 saves in place of
starter Dominik Hasek, who sustained a strained adductor muscle in the Czech
Republic's opening Olympic game against Germany.
The Senators will visit rival Toronto on Saturday night.
Washington, meanwhile, lost four straight before the break, but came back
strong with Tuesday's 5-3 win in Toronto. Matt Pettinger scored twice and
Brent Johnson was sharp with 26 saves for the Capitals.
Alexander Ovechkin, Ben Clymer and Brian Willsie also scored for Washington.
The Capitals' last win came on February 3 against the Maple Leafs.
The Caps will visit Atlanta on Saturday.
Ottawa defeated Washington, 3-1, on January 4 and is 5-0-1 (1 tie) in the last
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