In the last six meetings before tonight between the Washington Capitals and the Ottawa Senators, it has always been the Senators rising to victory in the end. Washington blew a chance to end both their five game losing streak (six after tonight) and their winless drought against Ottawa by losing 2-0. This was the third and final game of this head-to-head series this season and the Caps have still not beaten the Senators since December 7, 2011.
The Caps played tonight without their captain and leading goal scorer Alex Ovechkin who was out with a lower body injury. Since Ovie has been with the team the Caps have been 13-8-2 when he has been out of the lineup, but still lost without him tonight for the first time this season. Ovie’s absence definitely affected Washington’s power play which is ranked second in the NHL, the Caps were unsuccessful in four attempts. Also for the first time since November 20th against the Penguins this season the Caps were shutout.
Goals for Ottawa were scored by Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza, Spezza’s was scored on the power play and Turris scored his second goal of the season against the Caps. Senators goalie Craig Anderson recorded 34 saves and is now 10-2-4 in his last 17 games. On the plus side for the Caps they did not give up four or more goals for the fourth straight time.
Washington will have the next two days off to prepare once again to break their losing streak when they play the New Jersey Devils in New Jersey on Friday. Game time will be 7:00pm/ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)