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Capitals 5, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Washington Capitals 5

WASHINGTON - Inspired by the return of Sergei Fedorov and Mike Green, the Washington Capitals maintained their home-ice dominance Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich and Green all scored for the first time this month, Alex Ovechkin got his 16th and 17th goals of the season, and Brent Johnson made 32 saves for the Capitals. Johnson won his fourth straight decision as Washington improved to an Eastern Conference-best 12-1-1 at the Verizon Center.

The injury-riddled Capitals welcomed back forward Fedorov (three assists), who had missed 16 of 17 games because of a sprained ankle, and defenceman Green (goal, two assists), sidelined 11 games by a shoulder problem. Semin and defenceman Tom Poti returned from injury layoffs in the previous game, a win over Boston on Wednesday.

Less than four minutes into the game, Semin dragged the puck in front of the crease and scored on a backhand for his 14th goal and first since Nov. 12.

Laich showed signs of breaking his scoring slump by beating goalie Alex Auld on the glove side from high in the slot to make it 2-0 early in the second, his first goal since Nov. 20. Ovechkin's slap shot on the power play with 35 seconds left in the period gave the Capitals a three-goal lead.

The Senators, the lowest-scoring team in the NHL, fell apart as the game wore on. Green and Ovechkin scored power-play goals from nearly the same spot on the ice late in the third period.

Jesse Winchester prevented what would have been Ottawa's second shutout in a row when he scored with about 2-1/2 minutes to play.

While the various No. 2 goalies got lots of attention, Johnson continued to make his case to stay No. 1. Among his many saves was a stop on Antoine Vermette during a short-handed breakaway during the first period. Johnson already has nine wins, his most since the 2005-06 season.

Notes: Nicklas Backstrom had three assists for the Capitals ... The five goals were the most allowed by Ottawa in a game this season ... The Senators return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200) ... Fewer than 1,500 tickets remain for the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:55
WSH
Alexander Semin (14) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (19), Mike Green (10)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
04:48
WSH
Brooks Laich (6) ASST: Matt Bradley (2), Sergei Fedorov (6)
2 - 0 WSH
19:25
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (16) ASST: Tom Poti (6), Mike Green (11)
3 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
13:44
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (8) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (20), Sergei Fedorov (7)
4 - 0 WSH
14:05
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (17) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (21), Sergei Fedorov (8)
5 - 0 WSH
17:37
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Jesse Winchester (3) ASST: Nick Foligno (4), Alexandre Picard (7)
5 - 1 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
01:32
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Mike Green  Hi-sticking against  Chris Kelly
06:28
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Alex Ovechkin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Alex Auld
09:32
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Filip Kuba  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
13:33
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Shaone Morrisonn  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
13:33
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Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Shaone Morrisonn
14:28
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Antoine Vermette  Interference on goalkeeper against  Brent Johnson
2nd Period
11:29
WSH
Alexandre Giroux  Hooking against  Mike Fisher
17:20
WSH
Alexandre Giroux  Hooking against  Nick Foligno
18:15
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Dany Heatley  Slashing against  Shaone Morrisonn
3rd Period
06:40
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Alexandre Picard  Holding against  Donald Brashear
12:19
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Chris Kelly  Hi-sticking against  Shaone Morrisonn
13:44
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Chris Kelly  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:44
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Chris Kelly  Misconduct (10 min) against  Viktor Kozlov
18:13
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Jason Smith  Tripping against  Alexandre Giroux
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .853SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
9-4-2
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .970SH: 1 - 1