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Post-game report: Ottawa 7 Washington 1

Thursday, 03.2.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Post-game report: Ottawa 7 Washington 1

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.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02