The Ottawa Senators defeated the Washington Capitals tonight 5-4 in overtime as Alex Kovalev snapped a post Olympic break goal-less drought by notching the OT winner. Ottawa extends their winning streak to five. The Sens were 3-1 against the Caps this year.
Jason Spezza had a strong game as did his entire line. Spezza netted a pair of goals on the PP to go with two assists, while Peter Regin and Daniel Alfredsson combined with Spezza for eight points.
Chris Kelly did alot of the small things you want from your checking center and Chris Campoli had one of his better game this year with four blocked shots and added a goal.
Erik Karlsson had his second straight game in which had three assists but was a minus player again and his defense partner Andy Sutton had 7 blocked shots but 5 giveaways, mostly because he is trying to make up for defensive mistakes by Karlsson. This is the kind of thing that has to change for Karlsson come playoff time or Campoli will be dressed ahead of him.
Brian Elliott didn’t have a strong game but his team found a way to win for him which was nice to see.
If you are a Caps fan you have to be very concerned with their goaltending situation. Jose Theodore was average and he needs to set up heading into the playoffs or they will find themselves out in the second round.
Ottawa hosts Carolina on Thursday night before their last road trip of the year, a three game roadie to NYI, Florida and TB.
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