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Capitals vs. Senators Recap: Caps Captain Conquers Canada’s Capital City

Ovechkin draws within 200 goals of Wayne Gretzky’s record in Washington’s 5 to 3 win.

Washington Capitals v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

In a record setting night for the Capitals in Ottawa the visitors wasted no time putting their best foot forward in a 5 to 3 win over the Senators.

Here’s Friday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: John Carlson’s first period assist was the 361st of his career, tying him with Calle Johansson for most assist by a defenseman in franchise history. Carlson’s third period assist gave him sole possession of the franchise record.

Minus: Once again Washington’s power play was victimized by a shorthanded goal against.

Ten more notes on the game:

  1. Four minutes into the game T.J. Oshie staked Washington to a lead they would not lose. An excellent slap pass from Carlson delivered the puck to Oshie in the slot and he neatly turned it into the net with one touch.
  2. Evgeny Kuznetsov would add a second in the first period seven minutes later. Dmitry Orlov and Jakub Vrana worked the puck to the goal line and Vrana put a pretty pass on Kuznetsov’s tape for the easy tally,
  3. Ottawa appeared overwhelmed and looked outworked at times in the first period. At one point the Capitals enjoyed a 12 to 1 shot advantage over their hosts.
  4. Early in the second period Ottawa finally got on the scoreboard. While Washington was on its third man advantage opportunity of the game Chris Tierney slipped the puck between Ilya Samsonov’s pads for the goal.
  5. Alex Ovechkin would score three minutes later with his tenth tally in his last five games. Entering the offensive zone with the puck Ovechkin picked his spot and beat Marcus Hogberg to his stick side.
  6. Ovechkin’s goal (his 36th of the season) is the 694th of his career, drawing the Capitals’ Captain within two hundred of Gretzky. He also ties Mark Messier for 8th all time on the NHL’s goal scoring list.
  7. And a minute later Thomas Chabot entered the offensive zone with speed and ripped home his shot from forty feet to bring the Senators within one.
  8. Carl Hagelin would score a shorthanded goal for the Capitals three minutes into the third period. Excellent play from Lars Eller in the neutral zone allowed Hagelin a breakaway and he did not miss with his shot.
  9. But one hundred seconds later Artem Anisimov delivered for Ottawa with the man advantage in response. A shot from the faceoff circle escaped Samsonov’s eye for a moment, allowing it to elude him on his glove side.
  10. With 15 seconds to play Ovechkin added an empty net goal to take sole possession of eighth all time on the NHL’s goal scoring list.