Senators Silence Sluggish Capitals, 3-0

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The Capitals fell to the Ottawa Senators 3-0 Tuesday night at Canadian Tire Centre. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 32-10-6. The Capitals next travel to New Jersey to face the Devils Thursday night at the Prudential Center. Puck drop is 7:00PM. 

caps-at-sens-washington-at-ottawaPhilipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the Capitals. Braden Holtby got the start the previous night of the back-to-back set.

Jay Beagle was a scratch due to illness. Chandler Stephenson, recalled from Hershey on Tuesday morning, got the start in Beagle’s place.

John Carlson missed his fifth consecutive game with a lower body injury. Trotz stated after practice on Monday that Carlson will likely return next week after the All-Star break.


  • The Capitals yielded two quick goals to fall down 2-0 less than five minutes into the contest.
  • The Capitals sluggish play continued throughout the first period.
  • The penalty bug struck the Capitals in the second period, leading to the Senators third goal.
  • This was the Capitals third time to be shutout this season, all by the score of 3-0.

The Capitals wake-up call came quick as Ottawa’s Chris Kelly scored a short-handed goal just 1:46 into the contest.

The Senators would add another quick goal by Bobby Ryan at the 4:10 mark of the opening frame, and just like that, the Caps were down 2-0 less than five minutes into the game.

The first period would end with the Senators holding on to the 2-0 lead. Ottawa outshot Washington 10-9 through the first 20 minutes of play. The Capitals were fairly sluggish in the first period.

The Capitals didn’t improve much in the second period. The Caps were called for several penalties in the period, which stymied the offensive opportunities for the period. The Senators would add another goal by Zach Smith at the 11:57 mark to make it 3-0 late in the middle frame.

The second period would end with the Senators leading 3-0 after two periods of play.

The Capitals were unable to generate any kind of consistent offensive push in the third period, as the Caps could never break out of their funk in the game. The Senators held on for the 3-0 win.


By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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