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Capitals vs. Senators Recap: Seven Straight Goals Give Washington Win

Seven unanswered goals power Washington to a victory over Ottawa on home ice.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

One day after the NHL Trade Deadline a new Ottawa Senators club came to town to battle the Capitals. Washington’s veterans worked their way back from an early two goal deficit with seven unanswered goals to beat the Senators 7 to 2.

Here’s Tuesday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Washington got their second seven goal game of the season and it was fun. The last time the Capitals scored this many goals was opening night against the Bruins.

Minus: The Senators were ahead by two 7:10 into the contest. Unacceptable.

Nine more notes on the game.

  1. The Senators scored less than three minutes into the contest. A pass from Brian Gibbons beat three Capitals (Lars Eller, Michal Kempny, and John Carlson) and allowed Oscar Lindberg to slam the puck home behind Braden Holtby.
  2. Just past the game’s seven minute mark Anthony Duclair fired home his 12th goal of the season to extend Ottawa’s lead to two. With Travis Boyd in the penalty box Duclair found himself with time and space in the slot and his shot hit his mark.
  3. Tom Wilson would draw Washington within one with three minutes to play in the first period. A pair of perfect passes from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin allowed Wilson to tap the puck into an empty net from above the crease.
  4. 53 seconds later Eller tallied to tie the game before the first period’s conclusion. A long cross ice feed from Dmitry Orlov allowed Eller to snap a high and hard shot that beat Anders Nilsson.
  5. Washington’s power play came onto the ice for the first time early in the second period and they connected quickly. Puck possession in the offensive zone allowed Nicklas Backstrom to tee the puck up for Carlson and he tallied his tenth of the year.
  6. T.J. Oshie would put the Capitals ahead by two four minutes later. Brooks Orpik’s point shot led to a rebound that Oshie deftly chipped into the net from a few feet out.
  7. Less than a minute before the midway mark Brett Connolly found his own rebound and punched the puck back through Nilsson’s shortside to put the Capitals ahead by three.
  8. Oshie scored his second of the night by finishing off another fantastic passing play. Jakub Vrana and Orlov put the puck through the slot twice on its way to Oshie at the right post. As Oshie took his shot Nilsson’s skate dislodged the goal before the puck was in the net but a good goal was confirmed after brief review. Nilsson was pulled, yielding Ottawa’s crease to Craig Anderson.
  9. Kuznetsov got himself on the scoreboard less than a minute into the final frame. A beautiful backhand pass from Ovechkin gave Kuznetsov an opportunity to walk in against Anderson and beat him high shortside.