WASHINGTON DC - JANUARY 16: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals battles for the puck with Chris Kelly #22 of the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on January 16 2011 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Senators: The Caps Rally In The Third To Beat Senators 3-1

The Caps rallied in the third period with three unanswered goals to win the game 3-1. They are now tied for first in the Southeast division.

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Capitals Vs. Senators: The Caps Rally In The Third To Beat Senators 3-1

What a difference one period makes.

The Caps came back to life against the Ottawa Senators in the third period, rallying to score three goals to give the Caps a 3-1 win.

The goal that turned the game around was by Mike Knuble, who took advantage of an Ottawa turnover in their own zone and hit the snap shot, tying the game and reviving the Caps. From there it looked like Washington had an extra pep in their step, and it seemed like they were playing at a different speed the rest of the way. 

Remember Washington's frustrating stretch of power play opportunities? Well, they got another chance to right the ship in the final period when Milan Michalek was called for cross checking. It took all of two seconds into the power play for the Caps to score their second goal. Off of a faceoff, Nicklas Backstrom found John Carlson, who then hit the snap shot, giving Washington the 2-1 lead and all the momentum in the world. 

Jason Chimera finished the flurry of goals when he bounced the puck off the back of net minder Brian Elliot, which then ricocheted into the net, giving the Caps a 3-1 lead that would stand for good. 

This game started slowly for Washington, but the third period showed the kind of team they can be. They still have plenty of work moving forward (starting better, being more consistent on power play chances), but perhaps this victory can help them regain some of their swagger. It also helps that this win makes them now tied for the lead in the Southeast division. That certainly will raise their spirits.

Though this was a thrilling win for the Caps, time will tell if this win will help start a good run.


Capitals Vs. Senators: Washington Still Down 1-0 After Two

As the Caps walk into the locker room for the second intermission, they still trail the Ottawa Senators 1-0.

The period saw a lot of back and forth action, but in the end, there was no scoring despite plenty of chances for both teams.

In the middle of the period, Niklas Backstrom notched time in the penalty box as he was charged with hooking, giving the Senators the only power play of the period. Fortunately for the Caps, their penalty kill unit was able to get the job done and deny Ottawa of taking a two goal lead.

THe period ended with a furious rally for the Caps, as they had numerous scoring chances against goal tender Brian Elliot. Plenty of Caps had good chances at Elliot, including Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble, David Steckel and Marcus Johansson. Despite all of those chances, Elliot was able to keep the Caps scoreless after two.

Though they were unable to break through so far against Elliot, the Caps can look at the end of the second period and feel confident that perhaps they can finally get on the board in the final period.


Capitals Vs. Senators: Washington Trails 1-0 After First Period

The Caps have started slow yet again, as they go into the first intermission down 1-0 against the Ottawa Senators.

The period began with a very quick goal from Mike Fisher, who took the pass from Nick Foligno and sent the wrister past goaltender Michal Neuvirth

Soon after, the Capitals got another shot at getting a power play goal as Filip Kuba was called for hooking, giving the Caps the one man advantage. But, as has been the case recently, the Caps were simply unable to score a power play goal. 

The Caps continue a really frustrating stretch of first periods. They are currently the lowest first period scoring team in the NHL, and this past first period did nothing to improve that statistic. They have been prone to slow starts and it has cost them, with today being no different so far.

Once again, the Caps need to rally in the second period in order to get back into this game and regain some of their confidence they've been lacking in recent weeks.


Capitals Vs. Senators: Washington Tries To Rebound At Home Against Ottawa

There's  no other way to put it right now: the Washington Capitals have been scuffling recently and have issues that they very much need to work out. They will get their chance this afternoon when they host the Ottawa Senators.

After back to back losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vancouver Canucks, the Caps certainly wish to pick up a win here to inch closer to reclaiming the division lead in the Southeast. They are currently two points behind Tampa Bay and because the Lightening are idle today, they can tie for the division lead with a victory.

The Caps biggest issue in this recent tough stretch has been their power play numbers. Washington has scored just four goals in their last 45 power play opportunities. Needless to say, this needs to get fixed if the Caps want to right the ship this season. Another issue in the last few games is that they have found them selves at a two man disadvantage far too many times, and are paying for it as a result. Both the penalty kill and power play unit for the Caps will be something worth watching today as they will face a Senators team that is struggling right now.

The good news for the Caps is that they have won their first two meetings with the Senators, including the win that snapped a frustrating 8 game losing streak just before the Winter Classic.

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