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Washington Capitals 2, Ottawa Senators 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Washington Capitals 2, Ottawa Senators 5 FINAL
Washington Capitals 2, Ottawa Senators 5

OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators came out flying to keep their unbeaten streak going after considering themselves fortunate to be in the game through the first two periods.

Daniel Alfredsson and Bryan Smolinski scored two goals each and Ottawa extended its season-high unbeaten streak to nine games with a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Tied at 1-1 after two periods, the Senators scored four times in the third.

"It didn't seem like we had a lot of jump tonight early on," Alfredsson said. "We couldn't get in forechecking a lot, and the few shifts we did, we created some chances.

"But we came out with more energy in the third and we were able to get some more pressure, and we really put them on their backs."

Alfredsson scored a power-play goal 4:53 into the period, and then put Ottawa up 3-0 with his second goal of the game -- his 16th of the season -- midway through the period.

Smolinski, who tied it in the second, got his second of the game with 1:21 remaining -- the first of two empty-net goals scored by the Senators within 19 seconds.

Chris Neil scored the other empty-netter for Ottawa, which has won four in a row and is 7-0-2 over the course of the streak.

"We just had to stick with it," Neil said. "It was just a matter of time."

Jeff Halpern and Robert Lang scored for Washington, winless in five (0-4-1).

"We had a lead, and we've led in four of the last six games, or something like that, and we haven't been able to hold on," Halpern said. "Once you start losing it's hard to get out of that rut, and we're in that rut right now."

Ottawa right wing Martin Havlat missed the game as he began serving a two-game suspension for kicking New York Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns in Thursday's 1-0 win.

Senators backup Martin Prusek made 14 saves. He started in place of Patrick Lalime, whose wife gave birth to the couple's second child earlier Saturday.

Halpern scored a power-play goal 5:08 into the second to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

Smolinski tied it at 14:31, beating Olaf Kolzig after taking a between-the-legs drop pass from Jason Spezza.

"It was a great play," Smolinski said. "I was just lucky to get it on net."

After Alfredsson drove a slap shot through Kolzig's legs to put Ottawa ahead, he got his second goal in a span of 5:32. He put a wrist shot inside the right post off a faceoff in the Capitals' zone at 10:25 to make it 3-1.

Lang scored his 20th with 2:19 remaining to draw Washington within 3-2, but Smolinski and Neil sealed the win with empty-net goals with just over one minute remaining.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:08
WSH
PPG - Jeff Halpern (7) ASST: Bates Battaglia (4), Sergei Gonchar (34)
1 - 0 WSH
14:31
OTT
Bryan Smolinski (8) ASST: Jason Spezza (14), Wade Redden (10)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
04:53
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (15) ASST: Wade Redden (11)
2 - 1 OTT
10:25
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (16) ASST: Curtis Leschyshyn (1), Todd White (7)
3 - 1 OTT
17:41
WSH
Robert Lang (20) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 OTT
18:39
OTT
EN - Bryan Smolinski (9) ASST: Jason Spezza (15), Chris Neil (2)
4 - 2 OTT
18:58
OTT
EN - Chris Neil (3) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
08:42
OTT
Curtis Leschyshyn  Hooking against  Robert Lang
09:23
OTT
Todd White  Hi-sticking against  Jeff Halpern
2nd Period
03:15
OTT
Josh Langfeld  Interference against  Boyd Gordon
15:48
OTT
Shaun Van Allen  Roughing against  Sergei Gonchar
18:18
WSH
Chris Hajt  Hi-sticking against  Shaun Van Allen
18:18
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Charging against  Jeff Halpern
3rd Period
00:18
WSH
Robert Lang  Interference against  Marian Hossa
03:53
WSH
Boyd Gordon  Holding the stick against  Marian Hossa
15:20
WSH
Jaromir Jagr  Boarding against  Zdeno Chara
19:22
WSH
Matt Pettinger  Cross checking against  Wade Redden
goalie stats
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 26TOI: 59:36
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
Martin Prusek
SA: 16TOI: 60:00
Saves: 14EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1