Senators Win 6-4 Over Capitals

It looked grim after one period of play.

The Capitals were up 3-1, outshooting the Sens 18-11 and looked to be in firm control.

But things changed in the second.

It began with a scrap.  Colin Greening, who has been much more physical as of late,  duked it out with Aaron Volpatti just 2 minutes into the period.  Then, on a power-play, Chris Phillips took a pass from Kyle Turris and unleashed a rocket that went up and over Braden Holtby’s shoulder.  It was the Big Rig’s first of the season and first since March 25th. 3-2.

That was followed by yet another Colin Greening contribution.  Midway through, No. 14 shot the puck through a crowd in front and was able to find a hole through Holtby to tie the game.  It was Greening’s first of the season as well and finally kicked the monkey off his back.

Ottawa would go on to dominate the rest of the period.  They treated the Capitals like their opponents have treated them so far this season.  They controlled play in the offensive zone and got multiple changes on the Washington net.  Shots finished 19-3 and it seemed like they had even more.

They kept coming in the third.  On yet another power-play, Jason Spezza’s slapshot banked off Mika Zibanejad’s knee and into the net to give the Senators their first lead of the game.  It was their 3rd power-play goal of the contest in just 5 tries (ended up 3 for 6).

Unfortunately, after Zack Smith drew a kneeing penalty, John Carlson’s point shot deflected off Derek Grant and past Craig Anderson to tie the game with under 4 minutes left.  However, just 1:04 later after the Caps had capitalized on his penalty, Zack Smith took a pass from Chris Neil and put one through Braden Holtby that he probably should’ve had to regain the lead.  Bobby Ryan’s empty netter put the icing on the cake as the Senators grabbed a huge 2 points.

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