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Senators 5, Capitals 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 5, Capitals 2
Washington Capitals 2, Ottawa Senators 5
Three Stars of the Game
Milan Michalek
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:25
Erik Karlsson
2nd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 21:57
Craig Anderson
3rd
SA: 35TOI: 59:58
GA: 2EV: 26-27
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .943SH: 2-2

OTTAWA — Erik Karlsson is closing in on some team records in Ottawa. The Senators are closing in on a playoff spot.

Karlsson and Milan Michalek each had three points Wednesday and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2.

John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Capitals, who have lost three straight. Alex Ovechkin missed the game with a lower body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

"It could be something you look back to after the season, but right now it doesn't really matter that much," Karlsson said. "I think we have 70 or 72 points in the standings and right now that's what matters.

"We have to keep getting two points and try not to give away any."

Karlsson finished with a goal and two assists to set a new franchise record for assists by a defenceman in a season with 47. With 60 points, he's just three away from tying the team record for points by a defenceman set by Norm Maciver in 1992-93, the Senators' expansion season .

The Senators, with 72 points, have a firm grip on seventh place in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of Toronto and Winnipeg. They're also two points out of fourth place.

The 21-year-old Karlsson now has seven points in his last two games, which set another team record for a blueliner. His 60 points on the season give him a 20-point edge over Florida's Brian Campbell for the NHL lead in scoring by a defenceman.

Michalek added two goals and an assist, while Chris Phillips, with his fourth goal in six games, also scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 33 saves.

Nick Foligno scored into an empty net for Ottawa.

Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 11 shots before being replaced midway through the second period by Michal Neuvirth. He finished with 14 saves. Washington has been outscored 12-3 on its losing streak, and has lost six of its last seven.

Ottawa, meanwhile, has outscored its opponents 21-4 in its last four games.

"We've gotten back to that work ethic based game that we play 200 feet for 60, 65 minutes and we kind of found ourselves again," MacLean said. "We're getting contributions from everyone offensively and the structure of our team play has been very good and the attention to detail in the defensive zone is getting better.

"As a result, our goals against is getting better and we're creating way more offense out of the way we play defense."

Ottawa jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the back of Karlsson.

The smooth-skating defenceman opened the scoring at the nine-minute mark of the first with a shot that beat Vokoun through the legs. Karlsson then fed Michalek five minutes later and he made a great move around Dennis Wideman before beating Vokoun from in close.

"(Karlsson) is one of our best players," Anderson said. "He brings it every night. He's found that consistency in his game and we can count on him for big minutes offensively as well as defensively right now."

Michalek added his second of the night on a deflection off Karlsson's point shot on the power play early in the second. Michalek's 27th goal of the season set a new career high.

"It's nice, but I want to keep going," Michalek said. "It's a long season and I've had my struggles, but hopefully it's back now. I have my confidence and hopefully, it's going to keep going now."

Vokoun's night came to an end after Phillips made it 4-0 on the power play midway through the period.

Despite being in a huge hole, Washington showed some jump in the third period to cut the lead to 4-2.

"I don't think we were really that bad," Washington forward Troy Brouwer said. "We got behind real quick on a couple miscues in the D-zone, but I thought we were able to battle back a little bit. We just dug ourselves too big of a hole to come back up."

Carlson finally got the Capitals on the board with a power-play goal early in the period and Perreault made it 4-2 as the puck went off his face and past Anderson.

This was the final regular season meeting between the two teams. Washington took the first three, but has 63 points on the season, placing them 10th in the conference.

NOTES: With an assist on Karlsson's goal, Jason Spezza extended his point streak (seven goals, nine assists) to seven games ... The Senators were without C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season) and C Jesse Winchester (concussion, indefinitely). D Matt Carkner and C Zenon Konopka were healthy scratches. ... In addition to Ovechkin, the Capitals were without D Tom Poti (strained groin, indefinitely), C Nicklas Backstrom (concussion, indefinitely). Ds John Erskine and Roman Hamrlik were healthy scratches ... The Senators next meet the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins on Saturday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
09:36
OTT
Erik Karlsson (13) ASST: Jason Spezza (39), Milan Michalek (15)
1 - 0 OTT
14:13
OTT
Milan Michalek (26) ASST: Erik Karlsson (46)
2 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
03:37
OTT
PPG - Milan Michalek (27) ASST: Erik Karlsson (47), Daniel Alfredsson (25)
3 - 0 OTT
12:08
OTT
PPG - Chris Phillips (4) ASST: Nick Foligno (23), Chris Neil (11)
4 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
02:19
WSH
PPG - John Carlson (8) ASST: Alexander Semin (22)
4 - 1 OTT
09:57
WSH
Mathieu Perreault (10) ASST: Jason Chimera (13), Alexander Semin (23)
4 - 2 OTT
18:47
OTT
EN - Nick Foligno (13) ASST: Chris Neil (12), Sergei Gonchar (30)
5 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
10:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Elbowing against  Alexander Semin
2nd Period
03:03
WSH
Mike Green  Tripping against  Erik Condra
07:37
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Slashing against  Matt Hendricks
08:03
WSH
Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Filip Kuba
10:29
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:14
WSH
Brooks Laich  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Smith
12:14
OTT
Zack Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Brooks Laich
12:50
OTT
Nick Foligno  Slashing against  Dmitry Orlov
15:19
OTT
Milan Michalek  Interference against  Troy Brouwer
3rd Period
00:22
OTT
Kyle Turris  Hooking against  Troy Brouwer
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
23-16-2
SA: 11TOI: 32:08
Saves: 7EV: 6 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 0
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 14TOI: 27:24
Saves: 14EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Craig Anderson
SA: 35TOI: 59:58
Saves: 33EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .943SH: 2 - 2