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Capitals 6, Senators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 6, Senators 2
Ottawa Senators 2, Washington Capitals 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -Chris Clark's wide grin revealed the big gap where he lost a couple of teeth when he was hit by a puck last month.

The Washington Capitals captain kept right on smiling, thrilled with his performance and thrilled by his team's turnaround.

Clark scored twice off assists from Alex Ovechkin and suddenly surging Washington beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 Wednesday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

After averaging only 1 1/2 goals during a six-game winless drought, the Capitals have averaged 5 1/2 goals in victories over Tampa Bay, Dallas, Buffalo and Ottawa. And Clark, who had two goals and zero assists in six games since being injured Nov. 15, led the way against the Senators.

"Getting the two goals and the win is a fantastic feeling. Coming off the injury, and then the losing streak - it was tough," Clark said. "Being able to contribute like this is a great feeling."

The Capitals haven't had a five-game winning streak since March 3-11, 2001. They'll try to match that Friday at home against NHL-leading Anaheim. Washington's Olie Kolzig made 35 saves

"I have great team, and we play well," said Ovechkin, who finished with three assists, as did linemate Dainius Zubrus. "Right now, we play well. Enjoy it."

Washington, which ended Ottawa's four-game winning streak, has won three in a row at home for the first time since Feb. 24 to March 2, 2003.

It was a penalty-filled game, with each team whistled 11 times, and Senators coach Bryan Murray wasn't exactly pleased.

"I'm not supposed to comment, but (during) the first goal, Ovechkin was offsides, and we watched it. His foot was well over the line, and his other foot was in the air," Murray said. "The third goal, with an icing call ... that's what we were yelling about, and they call it a clean play."

The Capitals went ahead 2-0 in the first period on goals 36 seconds apart by Matt Bradley and Clark, who added his second of the game and ninth of the season 13:54 into the second period. Alexander Semin, Matt Pettinger and Brooks Laich padded Washington's lead in the third. Semin and Pettinger scored on power plays, while Laich's goal was his first of the season.

Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher scored for Ottawa, which played without captain Daniel Alfredsson, injured in Tuesday night's win against the New York Islanders.

The Capitals continued their pattern of playing their best against some of the NHL's top teams: They're 8-3 against clubs that topped 100 points last season - including 2-0 against Ottawa - and 4-6-6 against everyone else.

The Senators had been pretty much unstoppable lately, winning nine of 11 heading into Wednesday. Top goalie Ray Emery had won six of seven decisions, but he allowed all of the goals against Washington, and the announced crowd of 10,926 chanted his name sarcastically during the hosts' three-goal third period.

"We'll just have to regroup and start another streak," said left wing Peter Schaefer, who assisted on Fisher's goal.

Bradley began things 15:30 in by using his glove to bat down a backhanded clearing attempt by Antoine Vermette, then sending a shot into the upper right corner of the net.

That goal still was being announced on the PA system when Clark knocked in a rebound in front of the net.

"The goalie was down, and the puck came right to my stick - right place, right time," Clark said. "The second one, I shoot that a lot, and nine times out of 10 they don't go in. Tonight it went in."

That's how things are going lately for the Capitals.

Notes: Washington Redskins receiver Brandon Lloyd attended the game and drew some scattered boos when he was shown on the above-ice video board. ... A scoreboard malfunction in the first period forced the PA announcer to announce time remaining in penalties.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:30
WSH
Matt Bradley (3) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 WSH
16:06
WSH
Chris Clark (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Dainius Zubrus (8), Alex Ovechkin (12)
2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
08:18
OTT
PPG - Mike Fisher (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Schaefer (14), Antoine Vermette (9)
2 - 1 WSH
13:54
WSH
Chris Clark (9) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (13), Dainius Zubrus (9)
3 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
05:02
OTT
Jason Spezza (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Preissing (11), Dany Heatley (18)
3 - 2 WSH
06:21
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (11) Slapshot - ASST: Matt Pettinger (7), Kris Beech (8)
4 - 2 WSH
10:54
WSH
PPG - Matt Pettinger (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (14), Dainius Zubrus (10)
5 - 2 WSH
11:45
WSH
Brooks Laich (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Boyd Gordon (5), Matt Bradley (6)
6 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
03:52
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  John Erskine
03:52
WSH
John Erskine  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
04:23
WSH
Mike Green  Hooking against  Dean McAmmond
06:21
OTT
Dany Heatley  Holding the stick against  Shaone Morrisonn
17:54
WSH
Mike Green  Interference against  Patrick Eaves
2nd Period
01:14
WSH
Kris Beech  Hi-sticking against  Dany Heatley
01:14
WSH
Kris Beech  Hi-sticking against  Dany Heatley
01:32
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Brian Pothier
06:54
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Hooking against  Antoine Vermette
09:33
OTT
Patrick Eaves  Tripping against  Dainius Zubrus
12:18
WSH
Donald Brashear  Fighting (maj) against  Danny Bois
12:18
OTT
Danny Bois  Fighting (maj) against  Donald Brashear
17:32
WSH
John Erskine  Slashing against  Dany Heatley
19:15
OTT
Danny Bois  Hooking against  Steve Eminger
3rd Period
05:51
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Chris Clark
08:32
OTT
Denis Hamel  Hooking
08:32
OTT
Dean McAmmond  Unsportsmanlike conduct
09:28
OTT
Mike Fisher  Hooking
15:58
OTT
Patrick Eaves  Roughing
15:58
WSH
Ben Clymer  Roughing
17:18
WSH
Steve Eminger  Slashing against  Dean McAmmond
17:46
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Tripping
goalie stats
Ray Emery
SA: 37TOI: 59:57
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .838SH: 2 - 2
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 37TOI: 59:58
Saves: 35EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 2PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .946SH: 2 - 2