Senators rally from two goals down to beat Capitals

Adam Vingan  - Correspondent | Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 11:21 PM

WASHINGTON - The Ottawa Senators overcame a two-goal deficit by making the Washington Capitals pay for a lack of discipline.

The Senators skated off the ice after the first intermission trailing 3-1, but three power-play goals helped Ottawa rally for a 6-4 victory at Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

"I think there certainly were a lot of angry people in there," Senators coach Paul MacLean said of his team's attitude in the dressing room during the first intermission. "At the same time, I thought there was a lot of solution as well within that. As far as being angry, I thought it ended up being more intense and focused on the structure of our game and the work ethic that is needed for our game to work.

"I thought that ended up being the difference in the game. Not anger, but intensity. Not frustration, but intensity."

Zack Smith broke a 4-4 tie when he scored with 2:23 left in regulation, and Bobby Ryan added his second goal of the night into an empty net. In all, five Senators scored and Craig Anderson recovered from a shaky first 20 minutes to make 29 saves.

The Senators got off to a fast start, registering the game's first six shots on goal, but the Capitals gradually titled the ice in their favor, taking the next nine shots and grabbing the lead at 12:10 on Eric Fehr's second goal of the season.

Fehr started the play by pressuring Joe Corvo along the half-wall. Michael Latta picked up the loose puck and was able to push it back to Fehr despite being tripped by a sprawling Bobby Ryan. With room in front, Fehr waited out Chris Phillips and fired a snap shot past Anderson from the slot.

Ryan tied the game at 13:28 when he deflected Patrick Wiercioch's power-play point shot past Braden Holtby (35 saves), but the Capitals regained the lead at 14:06 when Alex Ovechkin's pass from the left circle ricocheted off Marc Methot and Troy Brouwer before finding its way to Marcus Johansson, who was waiting back-door.

Forty-seven seconds later, Brooks Laich beat Jason Spezza to a loose puck in the slot and backhanded it past Anderson. With three goals in 2:43, the Capitals matched their goal total from their previous three games combined.

"We had them," defenseman John Carlson said. "We were close to putting our stamp on it. But we let them back."

The Senators, however, responded with a dominant second period, outshooting the Capitals 19-3 and tying the game with two goals exactly four minutes apart.

Phillips cut Ottawa's deficit to 3-2 at 6:36, ripping a top-shelf slap shot past Holtby on the rush with Fehr in the penalty box for tripping. Colin Greening then tied the game at 10:36 on a nearly identical play, beating Holtby with a wrist shot as he came down the right side.

"It was just a sigh of relief," Greening said. "Also it was the tying goal, so I think all of that together just made it a good moment."

In the third period, the Senators' power play cashed in for the third time and gave them their first lead of the game when Mika Zibanejad's deflection eluded Holtby at 6:05, marking the first time since April 5, 2011, that Ottawa scored three or more power-play goals in one game.

"We're making those mistakes that make us have to take penalties sometimes," Johansson said. "We can't afford that. They had three goals on the power play and that's not OK."

Carlson's power-play slap shot with 3:27 remaining briefly tied the game 4-4; he scored three seconds after drawing a kneeing penalty on Smith. But Smith atoned 64 seconds later when he snapped a stretch pass from Chris Neil past Holtby.

Ryan added an empty-netter to secure Ottawa's first regulation victory in Washington since March 12, 2006.

Meanwhile, the Capitals, whose 38 penalty minutes were their second-most of the season, saw their losing skid reach a season-long four games as they fell to third in the Metropolitan Division.

A frustrated coach Adam Oates was less than pleased with his team's performance.

"We played lousy tonight. Lousy," he said. "We're not going to win games playing this way. We're not. We just proved it."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:10WSH Eric Fehr (2) ASST: Michael Latta (3) 1 - 0 WSH
13:28OTT PPG - Bobby Ryan (12) ASST: Patrick Wiercioch (9), Clarke MacArthur (12) 1 - 1 Tie
14:06WSH PPG - Marcus Johansson (3) ASST: Troy Brouwer (3), Alex Ovechkin (8) 2 - 1 WSH
14:53WSH Brooks Laich (4) ASST: Joel Ward (6), Jason Chimera (10) 3 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
06:36OTT PPG - Chris Phillips (1) ASST: Kyle Turris (15), Erik Karlsson (18) 3 - 2 WSH
10:36OTT Colin Greening (1) ASST: Marc Methot (4), Erik Karlsson (19) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
06:05OTT PPG - Mika Zibanejad (6) ASST: Jason Spezza (11), Chris Phillips (8) 4 - 3 OTT
16:33WSH PPG - John Carlson (6) ASST: Joel Ward (7) 4 - 4 Tie
17:37OTT Zack Smith (4) ASST: Chris Neil (1) 5 - 4 OTT
19:47OTT EN - Bobby Ryan (13) ASST: NONE 6 - 4 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Zack Smith
Zack Smith
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 4
+/-: 1TOI: 15:47
Brooks Laich
Brooks Laich
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:06
Chris Phillips
Chris Phillips
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 23:43
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:33OTT Chris Neil  Slashing against  Nicklas Backstrom
12:35WSH Mike Green  Holding against  Mika Zibanejad
13:38OTT Zack Smith  Hooking against  Nicklas Backstrom
17:07WSH Tyson Strachan  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
17:07WSH Tyson Strachan  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
17:07WSH Tyson Strachan  Instigator against  Chris Neil
17:07OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Tyson Strachan
17:07OTT Chris Neil  Interference against  Nate Schmidt
18:06WSH Mike Green  Holding against  Zack Smith
18:06OTT Cory Conacher  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jason Chimera
2nd Period
02:21OTT Colin Greening  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Volpatti
02:21WSH Aaron Volpatti  Fighting (maj) against  Colin Greening
06:17WSH Eric Fehr  Tripping against  Erik Condra
07:36WSH Mike Green  Hooking against  Cory Conacher
11:51OTT Cory Conacher  Interference against  Nate Schmidt
11:51WSH Aaron Volpatti  Charging against  Erik Condra
13:23WSH Tom Wilson  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
05:34WSH Eric Fehr  Tripping against  Bobby Ryan
07:04OTT Chris Phillips  Interference against  Troy Brouwer
08:54WSH Mikhail Grabovski  Tripping against  Milan Michalek
16:30OTT Zack Smith  Kneeing against  John Carlson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays3/62/4
Faceoff Wins4432
Blocked Shots109
Penalty Minutes2438
2J. CowenD0010012:34
3M. MethotD0112022:22
4C. PhillipsD11-12223:43
6B. RyanR2005016:11
7K. TurrisC0114017:04
9M. MichalekL00-10018:54
14C. GreeningC1024512:44
15Z. SmithC1014415:47
16C. MacArthurL0103016:20
19J. SpezzaC01-13018:59
22E. CondraR0002011:42
25C. NeilR0120911:12
46P. WierciochD0114013:12
57D. GrantC000208:32
65E. KarlssonD0211029:38
77J. CorvoD00-11018:38
89C. ConacherC000148:52
93M. ZibanejadC10-13015:14
41C. Anderson2933.87959:51
8A. OvechkinL01-23023:58
16E. FehrC1002412:57
19N. BackstromC00-23020:46
20T. BrouwerR01-21019:00
21B. LaichC1014018:06
23T. StrachanD0000178:42
24A. VolpattiL000075:37
25J. ChimeraL0121015:51
27K. AlznerD0002022:54
34A. UrbomD0000012:58
42J. WardR0210014:46
43T. WilsonR000006:17
46M. LattaC011006:20
52M. GreenD00-14621:36
74J. CarlsonD1007027:25
84M. GrabovskiC00-20213:45
88N. SchmidtD0001020:40
90M. JohanssonL10-25018:20
70B. Holtby3540.87558:19