Capital gains: Senators keep winning on the road

The road to the playoffs might just be paved by games like this for the Ottawa Senators.

WASHINGTON – The road to the playoffs might just be paved by games like this for the Ottawa Senators.

Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals pretty much followed the standard script for a basic, straightforward road win.

The Senators took advantage of what they were given – most notably, the absence of Alex Ovechkin – won the special teams battle and received rock solid goaltending from Craig Anderson.

“It was a good road game, nothing spectacular,” said captain Jason Spezza, whose third period power play goal gave the Senators some necessary breathing room. “We stayed the course and (Kyle) Turris scored a big goal to put us up one.”

The Senators had a chance to take control early, but missed several great chances.

According to Spezza, however, the sign of a confident team is a squad that doesn’t get rattled when things don’t always go your way.

“We could have been up a couple and maybe in the past, we would have got frustrated that we weren’t up by a couple and let it slip away.”

The Capitals, on the other hand, showed their frustrations as the game wound down. Mikhail Grabovski received a 10-minute misconduct for what appeared to be an attempt to gouge out Zack Smith’s eyes.

Goaltender Craig Anderson outplayed Braden Holtby in the Capitals net. Turris fooled Holtby on the first goal, slipping a shot between his pads. Turris figures Holtby was expecting him to pass to Bobby Ryan on the play, leaning to Ryan’s side rather than focussing on Turris. Spezza’s power play goal beat Holtby to the short side.

Perhaps Anderson summed it up best.

“We did the things we’re supposed to do and we did them well,” he said.

 

THE NUMBERS

 

34: Craig Anderson saves

24: Braden Holtby saves

29:57: Erik Karlsson ice time

6: Erik Karlsson hits

7: Jared Cowen hits

1 for 4: Senators on power play

0 for 4: Capitals on power play

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