For the first time this season, it wasn’t a lack of effort or execution. The Senators played a tight road game, keeping things under control early and cashing in a couple of their opportunities. Pascal Leclaire had another impressive outing in the Ottawa net, stopping 23 of the first 25 shots he faced. Unfortunately, he allowed a softie to Alex Ovechkin in overtime and cost the Senators a point, but they could have just as easily had two.
Eric Fehr, Capitals
He led the Capitals with two points (a goal and an assist) and four shots, leading the attack when some of Washington’s top players appeared to be taking the night off. Not bad for a guy who logged just over 13 minutes of ice time.
Chris Campoli, Senators
It just wasn’t his night. Campoli was out-muscled by Brooks Laich in the corner, leading to the first Washington goal, and was nowhere to be found in front of the Ottawa net for the second, giving Fehr an easy crack at the net. He wound up a minus-two.
For the second time in three games, the Senators’ power play could have been the difference and wasn’t. Ottawa had five opportunities with the man advantage, but couldn’t find a way to beat Washington netminder Michal Neuvirth. With last night’s goose egg, they’re now 0 for 15 on the season. The addition of Sergei Gonchar hasn’t yet fixed the team’s biggest weakness from last season.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Alexander Semin’s opening goal at 18:38 of the first period, considering the puck came off his stick at light speed. After Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire had already stopped about three or four video game-caliber one-timers, the Caps’ other Russian sniper took a pass in the slot from the hard-working Laich and finally deposited one in the top corner. It was a heart-breaker for Ottawa, which had been off to its best start of the season.
- 29: Saves for Neuvirth, who was named the No. 1 star of the game.
- 24:24: Ice time for Erik Karlsson, who was expected to see a cut after his atrocious start to the season. Didn’t happen.
- 17: Goals for Ovechkin in 21 career games against Ottawa, including last night’s winner.
- 25-11: Combined faceoff record for Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher.
- 4: Hits for Matt Carkner, the game’s most physical player.
- 5: Shots each for role-players Peter Regin and Ryan Shannon, who led all participants.
10 FROM RUSSIAN JUDGE
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was outraged when Alex Ovechkin was whistled for interference near the end of the second period, and rightly so. Ovechkin was skating towards a puck-carrying teammate when Senators agitator Jarkko Ruutu skated into his back and fell down as though No. 8’s pads had spikes on them. The referees didn’t see fit to call a dive and enraged the Washington bench as a result.