Capitals Vs. Senators: Semyon Varlamov Shaky As Washington Falls 2-0

The Capitals had a chance to move into a tie for first place, but instead struggled in a 2-0 loss to Ottawa.

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Capitals Vs. Senators Final Score: Washington Falls, 2-0

The Capitals had a chance to move into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference, but instead submitted a pretty poor effort in Toronto. Colin Greenberg and Erik Kondra scored as the Ottawa Senators topped the Capitals 2-0 on the road.

Semyon Varlamov, who got the start at the last minute when Michal Neuvirth got sick, looked shaky in the loss, letting two of 23 shot attempts get past him, and the Capitals' offense could not score on 31 shot attempts.

The Capitals surrendered the second goal in the third period. Karl Alzner failed to clear the puck out of Washington's zone and the attempted clearance was grabbed by Ottawa's Milan Michalek, who hit a nice back-hand pass to Erik Kondra. The American pumped a low shot past Varlamov for his fifth goal of the season.

The Capitals next face Montreal on the road on Saturday night, and will need a better effort than they showed on Friday.

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Capitals Vs. Senators: Ottawa Leads 1-0 After Colin Greening Scrum Goal

This game between the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators remains very even. The only significant difference is that the Senators have managed to squeeze the puck past Semyon Varlamov, but the Capitals have not yet managed to figure out Craig Anderson. The Senators lead 1-0 after two periods.

The lone goal came for Ottawa as Colin Greening finished off a shot from Jason Spezza during a scrum with Varlamov within the Washington crease. The goal had to be reviewed by the officials, but it was upheld, and remains the only mark on the scoreboard so far tonight.

The Capitals certainly weren't without their chances in this period though. Anderson stoned Alexander Semin cold on a 1v1 breakaway after the forward emerged from the penalty box. Semin had another chance on a Washington power play later in the half, as did Brooks Laich.

The Capitals haven't finished a single chance yet tonight, but they've got 20 more minutes to keep trying.

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Capitals Vs. Senators: Semyon Varlamov Starts, Shuts Out Sens In First Period

We were as surprised as you to see Semyon Varlamov in the crease to start tonight's game for the Washington Capitals. The goaltender hasn't played since Feb. 20, but went into this road game against the Ottawa Senators with a 100 percent clean bill of health, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post. It was Michal Neuvirth who apparently isn't healthy, and is resting due to illness as reported by Al Koken on Comcast SportsNet. Braden Holtby may even have to join the team for tomorrow night's game against the Montreal Canadians.

Varlamov turned away all 10 shots that he faced in the first period, as the game remains scoreless.

The Capitals peppered Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson with 11 shots on target in the first period, but were unable to beat the American. The game has been fairly even so far, with both teams generating chances. The Capitals will need to play better in the final two periods in order to get the two points they need to tie the Flyers on top of the Eastern Conference.

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Capitals Vs. Senators: Caps Looks For Share Of First Place Without Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott

The Washington Capitals return to the road tonight, making a trip up north to face the Ottawa Senators. They'll be doing so once again without Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Jason Arnott, who each are resting nagging injuries. The two forwards are likely to return next week, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, but Green may still need to wait it out.

The Capitals clinched a berth in the NHL Playoffs with a win over the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this week, but remain in second place in the conference, two points behind Philadelphia. The Flyers don't play until Saturday night against the New York Islanders, so tonight's home game would be a great chance for the Capitals to temporarily move into a tie at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Michal Neuvirth seems likely to start in net tonight, but Semyon Varlamov could return tomorrow against the Montreal Canadians.

The game starts at 7:30 PM and will be broadcast locally on CSN+.

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