WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom #19 after scoring the winning goal in overtime against Pascal Leclaire #33 of the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on October 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Capitals won the game 3-2. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin's Game-Winning Goal In Overtime Lifts Capitals Past Senators 3-2

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Alex Ovechkin Does It Again As The Capitals Beat The Senators 3-2 In Overtime

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Alex Ovechkin scored 4:28 into overtime, leading the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center.

As time wound down in the extra session, Ovechkin skated down the right side and deked a defender before pulling the trigger on a shot from the right circle that drifted along the ice and through the legs of goaltender Pascal Leclaire for the win.

“I just tried to shoot the puck,” Ovechkin said. “I already played a minute (in overtime), so I was kind of tired, so I just wanted to shoot the puck. It was a good win.”

Ovechkin scored his third goal in two games for the Caps, who have bounced back from a season-opening loss with consecutive home victories. Eric Fehr registered a goal and an assist, while Alexander Semin also scored.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 29-of-31 shots to earn his second victory of the season.

Ryan Shannon and Jarkko Ruutu scored for the Senators, who have lost all three games this season, although they earned a point for the first time. Leclaire made 23 stops in the loss.

“I thought we played very well,” said Senators head coach Cory Clouston. “We came into a building that’s very difficult to get a win. I thought our puck movement was a lot better…we did a good job at our blue line not allowing a lot of odd-man rushes. Unfortunately, we gave up a goal in overtime.”

The Capitals notched the lone goal of the opening period with 1:22 remaining.

Washington quickly pushed the puck into the Ottawa zone, and Brooks Laich fought off two defenders and sent the disc to the mouth of the crease, where Semin was stationed to chip it into the net.

Ruutu’s deft tip-in from out in front on a point shot tied the game midway through the second period, but the Capitals answered quickly to move back in front.

Matt Hendricks held the puck behind Ottawa’s net, waiting for Fehr to jump in front. Fehr was able to one-time Hendricks’ good pass out to the crease past Leclaire for a 2-1 advantage.

The Senators managed to even the score again with 12:40 left in the third period. Peter Regin battled a Washington player to force a turnover just outside the Caps’ zone, then snuck between two defenseman and got the puck to Shannon. Shannon was able to maneuver past one defenseman and lift the puck over Neuvirth for the tying tally from the slot.

The Senators won the 2009-10 season series with Washington, 3-1…The teams combined to go 0-for-10 with the man advantage, with each team failing five times…Ottawa has lost eight of its last nine games as the guest in this series.


Capitals Take On Ottawa Senators In Early-Season Clash

(Sports Network) - Last year's season series between the Capitals and Senators was a high-scoring affair that featured over 30 combined goals. However, only one of those teams has shown so far this year it can keep the offense going.

Following a seven-goal outburst that gave the club its first win of the season, Washington tonight welcomes winless Ottawa to the Verizon Center.

The Capitals captured the Presidents' Trophy last season with 121 points, but they lost three of four a season ago to the Senators, though two of those losses came in overtime. Ottawa posted a 5-4 overtime victory in the final meeting on March 30 at Verizon Center to snap a seven-game series road losing streak.

The two clubs combined to score 34 goals against each other a season ago. Alexander Semin paced Washington with five goals and an assist, while Jason Spezza led the Senators with three goals and four helpers.

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin has 16 goals and 30 points in 20 career games versus the Sens, but scored just once against them last year. He also had five assists in the season series.

Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season on Saturday and also notched an assist in a 7-2 victory over the Devils. Ovechkin's three-point night also featured his second career penalty-shot tally and came one night after his team dropped a 4-2 decision in Atlanta.

"I think everybody played bad [Friday]," Ovechkin said. "[Saturday], we moved our legs and finished our checks, played better in the neutral zone and the defensive zone. This was a pretty big step for us."

New Jersey native John Carlson added a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who won their ninth straight home opener and play the middle test of a three- game homestand tonight. Michal Neuvirth, who has never before faced the Senators, made 31 saves to beat the Devils.

Ottawa comes into this game having scored just two goals on the season. The Sens dropped a 2-1 home decision against the Sabres on Friday before getting routed, 5-1 in Toronto the following night.

Spezza, who missed Friday's game with a groin injury, had the lone goal and Pascal Leclaire gave up five goals on 38 shots faced.

"We've got to improve our game," said Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston. "If we don't compete harder than we did and don't skate harder it's going to be a tough season, but it's early and there's plenty of time."

While Leclaire is 0-2-0 with a 3.50 goals-against average in his career when facing the Capitals, Brian Elliott is 4-0-0 with a 4.03 GAA in five starts against them.

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