Washington Capitals right wing Joey Crabb (15) knocks Ottawa Senators centre Mika Zibanejad (93) of the puck in the third period at Scotiabank Place
OTTAWA (AP) - Sergei Gonchar scored on the power play with 2:30 left
in regulation as the Ottawa Senators battled back from a sluggish start
to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday.
Jim O'Brien and Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators (4-1-1), who got 31 saves from Craig Anderson.
Brouwer and Matt Hendricks scored for the Capitals (1-4-1). Michal
Neuvirth stopped 24 shots in taking the loss for Washington, which blew a
Gonchar's winner came after Erik Karlsson wove through
the Capitals' defense on a man advantage before finding his partner, who
fired a one-timer that deflected of Hendricks in front and past
Neuvirth with Ottawa's Chris Neil screening on the play.
time winding down and Washington pressing for the tie, Anderson made a
great save on Alex Ovechkin before robbing Mike Ribeiro from in tight.
2-0 late in the second period and looking for a spark, Senators coach
Paul MacLean chose to double-shift the one line that showed any jump.
gamble paid off as O'Brien, who celebrated his 24th birthday, cut the
lead in half with 1:23 remaining in the period on a setup from Erik
Conda and AHL call-up Mika Zibanejad.
The Senators then quickly
tied the game at 2:20 of the third. Kyle Turris won a faceoff in the
offensive zone and pushed the puck ahead to Michalek, who scooped it
passed a surprised Neuvirth.
Playing without Jason Spezza because
of an undisclosed upper body injury, the Senators struggled and the
Capitals owned much of the momentum in the first period and jumped out
to a 2-0 lead.
A turnover by Guillaume Latendresse midway through
the period at the Senators' blue-line allowed Wojtek Wolski to jump on
the puck and feed Brouwer, who caught Anderson moving the wrong way.
Washington then made it 2-0 as Hendricks tipped Jay Beagle's shot home.
Senators continued to struggle in the second and seemed incapable of
breaking through the Capitals' forecheck as Washington pinned the home
side in its own end for nearly two minutes, leading to a chorus of boos
from the 19,267 on hand at Scotiabank Place.