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Senators hope to hold off Ovechkin

Thursday, 03.2.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators hope to hold off Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin skates during the Washington Capitals pre-game skate at Scotiabank Place this morning. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

For the second night in a row, the Senators will face one of the NHL's brightest stars. While the team defeated Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 last night, they will look for another two points against rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tonight at Scotiabank Place.

With 37 goals and 70 points, Ovechkin enters the game as the eighth leading scorer in the NHL.

"This guy is an outstanding player," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "He was highlighted in (Russia's Winter Olympic) game against Canada without a doubt. We're fortunate as a league to have guys like this come in."

Added defenceman Brian Pothier, "He's a special player. It's best to keep him in the perimeter and make sure he doesn't do his fancy tricks."

Ottawa had a wake-up call last night when they let a solid 4-0 lead dwindle to 4-3 in the third period against the Penguins, who rank as the lowest team in the NHL standings. The Capitals rank just two spots higher than Pittsburgh, but Mike Fisher is one player who won't take them lightly.

"Last night after (Pittsburgh's) third goal we were like ‘whoa, we have to pick it up here.' Washington went into Toronto (on Tuesday) and beat them. We have to be ready."

Fisher trusts teammates Zdeno Chara and Chris Phillips can hold off Ovechkin tonight.

"For me, (Ovechkin) is one of the most exciting players in the league. It's going to be a good matchup."

While the Caps' sharpshooter deserves attention, Bryan Smolinski warns that all the emphasis should not be paid on just one individual.

"One guy does not a team make."

Canadian Forces Appreciation Night

The second annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night will be held at Scotiabank Place tonight. A ceremonial faceoff will include Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier, and Corp. Rob Pike, who recently returned from assignment in Afghanistan, and his son Tristain. Canadian Forces members will also take part in the national anthems.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02