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Post-game report: Ottawa 7 Washington 1

Thursday, 02.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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OTTAWA (AP) - Rookie defenseman Andrej Meszaros had three assists, Ray Emery made 30 saves and the Ottawa Senators scored five special-teams goals in a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Washington rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin scored his 38th goal with 5:07 remaining in the third to spoil Emery's shutout bid. Emery won for the second straight night since taking over for the injured Dominik Hasek.

Leading 4-0 in Pittsburgh the night before, Ottawa held on to beat the Penguins in its first game following the Olympic break despite having its rookie goalie allow three third-period goals. This time, the Senators gave Emery more than enough offense with seven players scoring goals against Capitals goalies Olaf Kolzig and Brent Johnson.

Wade Redden, Jason Spezza and Brian Pothier scored power-play goals and Antoine Vermette and Peter Schaefer had short-handed goals.

Mike Fisher scored the first of six goals against Kolzig 1:04 in. Bryan Smolinski scored Ottawa's seventh goal 5:25 into the third, beating Johnson, who replaced Kolzig after Pothier's third of the season made it 6-0 at 11:40 of the second.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists, and Fisher, Redden, Schaefer and Pothier also had two points.

Washington, which won 5-3 in Toronto on Tuesday night, has lost nine of 12 and is last in the Southeast Division with 45 points.

Fisher took a long pass from Meszaros and got around defenseman Brendan Witt before beating Kolzig with a backhander to make it 1-0 at 1:04 of the first period.

Redden added a power-play goal at 12:59 and Vermette scored his fourth short-handed goal of the season 31 seconds into the second to make it 3-0.

Ottawa got its second power-play goal at 2:37 when Spezza took a pass from Alfredsson along the goal line to the left of the net and put a quick shot past Kolzig inside the left post.

Schaefer got credit for the Senators' second short-handed goal to make it 5-0 at 7:42. A video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line before the net was displaced.

Notes: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the game. ... Ovechkin made his Ottawa debut. ... Alfredsson was given a big ovation during a video scoreboard presentation of his Olympic gold-medal win with Sweden. ... Pothier's goal, combined with Ottawa's win, triggered a restaurant chain's promotion of a free slice of pizza for everyone in the capacity crowd of 19,346.

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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