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Shutting down Ovechkin and Semin will be key to Sens victory

Tuesday, 16.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Shutting down Ovechkin and Semin will be key to Sens victory
Washington's duo of Alexander Ovechkin, right, and Alexander Semin has combined for 53 goals this season. Photo: Getty Images

by Todd Anderson

Tonight the Ottawa Senators look to bust out of a 0-1-1 record against the Washington Capitals this season and stretch their winning streak of 9-1-1 in their last 11 games. In order to do so, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says each player in the lineup will have to remember what has been the cause for the club's recent success.

"We have to remind ourselves that if you want a chance to win, you've got to go out and give it your best effort," Alfredsson said after an optional skate this morning at Scotiabank Place. "We had a pretty good start in one of our games this season and had a 3-0 lead on them (but lost 4-3 in overtime). We sat back too much and took some penalties. We can't do that."

While Washington Capitals sophomore forward Alexander Ovechkin continues to dazzle the NHL with his brilliant play, Ovechkin's teammate Alexander Semin has also enjoyed a brilliant season thus far. Semin has 25 goals and 44 points this season and has scored in five straight games.

The Senators' defensive pairing of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov are expected to see a lot of ice time against those two Caps tonight.

"They have a few guys who can put the puck in the net," Phillips said. "We have to play a solid team game like we have been to keep this (winning streak) going."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray expects a better effort tonight after his team has been outworked in previous meetings against the Capitals this season.

"They're a team that played very hard and very disciplined against us, and we haven't done very well. We have to find a way to work at the level we are right now against this hockey team and score some goals. (Washington goaltenders) Brent Johnson and Ollie (Olaf) Kolzig have been great."

Ray Emery will start in goal for the Senators tonight.

Tonight's game marks Washington defenceman Brian Pothier's first return to Scotiabank Place since signing as a free agent with the Capitals in the off-season. Pothier skated with Ottawa during the previous three seasons.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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