The Capitals and Senators met for the first time this season in a New Years Day battle of capital cities in Washington, DC. The Capitals were able to squeak by their guests thanks to two goals from their rearguards in a 2 to 1 victory over Ottawa on home ice.
First up, Sunday night’s Plus/Minus.
- Plus: Karl Alzner tallied his third goal of the season in the second period and all three of his goals this season have come against Canadian clubs (Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Ottawa).
- Minus: With 11 minutes to play Washington was whistled for two minor penalties during the same sequence of play, giving Ottawa a full two minute two man advantage.
Nine more notes on the game:
- On the first shift of the game Derick Brassard was felled by a friendly high stick delivered by Mike Hoffman and Brassard stayed down before being escorted to the dressing room. He would return to the game a short time later and skated 19 minutes.
- Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Mike Condon kept the game scoreless through the first period with both staring down eight shots apiece through the first frame.
- But Kyle Turris got the scoring started a bit more than halfway through the game by tapping home a Ryan Dzingel pass past Holtby’s left leg pad atop the crease. Turris began the scoring play by besting Jay Beagle in the faceoff circle and the puck was in the net less than ten seconds later.
- With under twenty seconds to play in the second period Washington took advantage of a heads up breakout pass from John Carlson to Justin Williams to tie the game. After receiving a nice pass from T.J. Oshie it was Alzner hammering home a slap shot that beat Condon high.
- Guy Boucher and the Ottawa Senators challenged Alzner’s goal, arguing that Williams entered Washington’s offensive zone a stride offside. After a brief review, however, it was determined that Williams’ entry was valid and Alzner officially knotted the score.
- Early in the third period Taylor Chorney stepped into a slap shot from the blue line and found its way around a partially screened Condon. Brooks Orpik put the puck on a tee and Chorney made no mistake from a full sixty feet.
- Chorney’s goal was his first of the season. Tonight was his seventh time in the lineup this season.
- With Orpik and Evgeny Kuznetsov in the penalty box the Capitals’ penalty killing units successfully stymied Ottawa’s offense with plenty of blocked shots and solid goaltending. Washington’s defensive effort was given a standing ovation from the Verizon Center faithful.
- Jakub Vrana was sent back to the Hershey Bears this afternoon, one month after joining the Capitals on December 1st. Vrana tallied three points (1G 2A) in twelve contests.