Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Caps snap a five game road losing streak and Alex Ovechkin get’s his ninth goal of the season as the Caps come back with four goals in the third to beat the Ottawa Senators for the third time this season 5-3 in Ottawa.
It wasn’t easy though as the Caps blew a 1-0 lead only to come back from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead and then they gave one back to Ottawa but an empty netter by John Carlson put it away.
Alex Ovechkin had his best game in a long time, he was everywhere and had seven shots on goal in 18:06 of ice time, including going to the net quite a few times. Troy Brouwer had his second career Gordie Howe hat trick, which consists of a goal, an assist and a fight and scored only 15 seconds after Alex Ovechkin to take a lot of energy out of the building.
Nicklas Backstrom helped end an 0 for 17 on the power play streak when he wristed his 10th goal of the season. John Carlson not only had the empty netter, but also had four shots on goal, blocked three shots and had two assists in a team high 27:35 of ice time.
Jeff Halpern also got on the board for the Caps, his second of the season, as he got the scoring going in the first period when he put in a Dennis Wideman rebound. The Caps had 44 shots on goal, including 17 in the third period. Alexander Semin had one shot on goal in 15:18 of ice time and a penalty that let to a Senators goal after missing two games with a shoulder injury.
The Caps second line of Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson and Jeff Halpern, who played their first game together, combined for five points, two goals and three assists and a +5 rating.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 of 34 shots, the defense continued to struggle and both Jeff Schultz (3:55) & John Erskine (12:56) only played limited amounts all night, both were healthy and each only played a few seconds in the third period. The Caps penalty kill played better going 5 of 6 in shorthanded situations, but gave up a power play goal late in the third to the Senators.
The Caps (14-12-1, 29 points) now head home for two starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
1st 2:12 Halpern (2), Wideman (12), Brouwer (8)
3rd 9:45 PP Backstrom (10), Laich (11), Carlson (13)
3rd 13:50 Ovechkin (9), Backstrom (19), Orlov (4)
3rd 14:05 Brouwer (8), Johansson (9), Carlson (14)
3rd 19:14 EN Carlson (5), Halpern (6)