Capitals Crush Senators, 6-1; T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin Each Score Twice

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The Washington Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 6-1 at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night to earn their third consecutive win and seventh straight against the Senators. They remain eight points ahead of the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who won his seventh straight and became the first goalie in franchise history to win 12 of his first 14 starts, made 26 saves in the victory.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Senators

Other than the goalie, the Capitals made no line changes from their 5-4 come-from-behind overtime win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday afternoon.

First Period

Center Artem Anisomov ripped one high short side on a twoon-one with forward Anthony Duclair to make it 1-0 Senators 5:40 into the game.

The Capitals led 13-8 in shots, 11-8 in hits, 4-3 in takeaways, and had five giveaways while the Senators had six through 20 minutes.

The Senators led 3-2 in blocked shots and won 59% of the draws in the first.

Neither team had a power-play opportunity in the period.

Second Period

Forward T.J. Oshie buried one under goaltender Craig Anderson’s blocker after getting a loose puck in the right circle to tie it 1:19 into the second.

Defenseman Radko Gudas one-timed one from the left half-wall past the shoulder of Anderson after getting fed by center Evgeny Kuznetsov from up top to make it 2-1 Capitals at 8:32.

Captain Alex Ovechkin wristed one under the right arm pit of Anderson after roaring into the offensive zone to expand the Capitals’ lead to 3-1 with 2:45 left in the second and a shift where he was denied a goal off the line.

The Capitals led 28-15 in shots, including 15-7 in the second, 21-13 in hits, 7-6 in blocked shots, 8-4 in takeaways, and had eight giveaways while the Senators had 12 through 40. They did not have a power-play in the first two periods.

The Senators won 58% of the faceoffs and didn’t score on their lone power-play opportunity in the opening 40 minutes.

Third Period

Oshie potted his second from the slot, one-timing a pass from center Nicklas Backstrom after he drew the Senators defenders towards him, into a wide open net to make it 4-1 41 seconds into the third.

Center Lars Eller tipped in defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler’s pass from the wall at the front of the goal far glove side on Anderson to increase the Capitals’ lead to 5-1 and end Anderson’s night 1:27 after Oshie netted his second of the night.

Captain Alex Ovechkin one-timed one past Anderson from the low left dot after getting a cross-ice feed from defenseman John Carlson to make it 6-1 with 3:41 to go.

The Capitals led 41-27 in shots, including 13-12 in the third, 24-19 in hits, 11-9 in blocked shots, 12-5 in takeaways, and had 13 giveaways while the Senators had 14. They did not have a power-play.

The Senators won 57% of the faceoffs and didn’t score on their lone power-play opportunity.

The win marked the Capitals’ 30th of the season and the team became the first to hit that mark this season. They also improved to 12-2-0 against the Atlantic Division.

The Capitals hit the road to the City of Brotherly Love where they will take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Action from Wells Fargo Center can be seen on NBCSN beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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5 Responses to Capitals Crush Senators, 6-1; T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin Each Score Twice

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  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Great get-well game for the Caps against stumbling OTT. Nice of the Senators to not show up tonight. Finally the Caps’ top line actually DOES something. Ovechkin shaves off 3 uglies from his plus/minus, now at minus-10.

    Sammy was superb. Richard Panik was even better, is playing great two-way hockey, and I’ll raspberry any Caps exec who tries to trade him. Radko G is on fire and the Caps’ best all-around player. Give that man a contract! I want Gudas back for three years. Find the money.

    All you Orlov haters: Dmitry was plus-four tonight and is an elite NHL D-man. I calculate that Gudas is plus-20 on the season, leading the team. Hard-as-granite D-men like Gudas don’t grow on trees. I extend him.

    OK maybe the ugly Caps’ slide is over. We’ll find out tomorrow night vs PHI. Flyers will smoke the Caps if they fall back asleep.

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