Senators Lose 5-3 to Capitals

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This game didn’t get off to a very good start.  Both teams were extremely sloppy and were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities.  The Capitals had the better chances, but the likes of Alexander Semin & Alexander Ovechkin could not finish.  Washington outshot the Sens 15-6 after one period and went into the second dominating play. 

The Caps opened the scoring early in the second frame when Jeff Halpern snapped in a Dennis Wideman rebound, making it 1-0.  Then, at 8:12, Chris Neil laid a hit on Alexander Ovechkin in the offensive zone.  On the skate back, Ovechkin slyly tapped Neil on the ‘ol cup but instead of getting a penalty for spearing, Neil’s delayed fall resulted in him getting an unsportsmanlike penalty.  No worries as the Sens would kill it off and then eventually tie it up when Erik Condra was able to grab a rebound on the goal line, pull it back and put it in an empty net.  The Sens weren’t done as with under 3 minutes left, Nick Foligno outwaited the entire Washington roster before sliding it by a sprawling Tomas Vokoun to give Ottawa the lead heading into the third.

But the dominant play from the first that was threatening to blow the game wide open early seemed to return in the final period for the Capitals.  Midway through, the Caps struck on the power-play when Nicklas Backstrom’s shot eluded Craig Anderson and we were all tied with about 10 minutes to play.  Then, Alexander Ovechkin scored his first goal since Nov 25th when he drove around the left side, skated behind the net and quickly slammed on the brakes, wiring one by Anderson and giving the Caps the lead once again.  Troy Brouwer put it away 15 seconds later when he snuck in his 8th of the season to increase the lead to 2.   Milan Michalek’s team-leading 17th goal of the season was matched by John Carlson’s empty netter and the Caps went on to win 5-3.

Craig Anderson made 39 saves in the loss, while Nick Foligno’s highlight reel goal unfortunately came in a losing effort.  All the talk afterwards, however, was the spear that Alexander Ovechkin gave Chris Neil in the second period.  Here’s Alexander Ovechkin on scoring his 1st goal in 6 games, as well as his explanation for the supposed spear.  It is followed by Chris Neil’s reaction.

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