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Washington at Ottawa

Caps end Sens' eight-game streak with Kozlov's three-point period

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OTTAWA -- Olaf Kolzig had a feeling that the high-flying Ottawa Senators were due for a loss.

Surprisingly enough, he and his Washington Capitals teammates went out and made it happen.

Viktor Kozlov had a goal and two assists in the second period and Washington ended Ottawa's team-record eight-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory against the Senators on Thursday night.

The Capitals had lost four in a row, and 10 of their past 12 (2-9-1), including a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday in Atlanta.

"Teams that get on rolls like that, for whatever reason, I don't think they're overconfident but they're ready to be beat and we really stepped it up tonight," said Kolzig, who made 27 saves.

Alexander Ovechkin scored his 10th goal with 3:45 left in the third to restore Washington's three-goal lead after Kozlov, Nicklas Backstrom and Tomas Fleischman scored in the second to put the Capitals up 3-0.

Daniel Alfredsson scored his 11th goal late in the second for Ottawa, which lost for only the second time in 14 games (12-2-0).

"We had our chances in the first and then early in the second, it's a tie game and we got a 5-on-3, and when you lose the game, that's where we kind of look back and say that could have been the difference," Alfredsson said. "We were taking too many penalties and giving them too much momentum for being on the road."

Ray Emery stopped 31 shots in his third start of the season for the Senators.

Washington escaped the Southeast Division cellar and raised its record to 6-9-1 to move one point ahead of Atlanta.

"There's no question we can draw a little bit of confidence from this and there is a little bit of weight taken off our shoulders, but we're still under .500 and we're still a long way from where we want to be," Kolzig said. "But for a young team, we can really use this as a confidence builder."

Capitals coach Glen Hanlon used his timeout midway into the second period after his team killed the first of two penalties on a lengthy 5-on-3.

Hanlon singled out the penalty-killing work done by Boyd Gordon and David Steckel, whose stick broke midway through Ottawa's two-man advantage.

"It was a tough call to call a timeout because their top players were resting, but we just really liked our two penalty killers," Hanlon said. "We felt that it was strength against strength and we felt they'd get the job done, and they did it."

Kozlov opened the scoring with 7:50 left in the second and assisted on 19-year-old Backstrom's first NHL goal, a power-play tally with 5:33 remaining.

"It was nice, and we won the game, too, so that was the most important thing," Backstrom said. "It was just a bonus for me, my first goal, but it was a great feeling."

The big Russian center got his third point when Fleischman stunned the sellout crowd of 19,666 with his third goal with 2:05 left, which put Washington up 3-0.

Alfredsson brought the Senators' fans back to life before the end of the period when he scored his 11th goal with a little more than a minute left in the period.

Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov left the game in the first period because of a bruised right thigh. He did not return.

Kolzig had to come up with his first big stop only 8 seconds in as Chris Kelly tried to beat him with a backhand after receiving a 2-on-1 pass from Patrick Eaves.

"That was something," Kolzig said. "That's happened a couple of times this year and teams have actually scored and it kind of deflates teams a little bit. Guys sitting there going, 'Wow, I wonder what this is going to be like?' But I got my stick on the puck, the D got it back into me and we were able to get regrouped and have a faceoff and go from there, but it definitely got my attention early."

Kelly was also denied by Kolzig on a partial breakaway at 6:28. Alfredsson tested the veteran goalie with a quick shot later in the period, then hit the post on another chance 16 minutes in.

The Capitals broke through to open the scoring on a fine play by Kozlov during a 4-on-4 situation. Ovechkin took advantage of the extra room on the ice to display some of his stickhandling skills as he carried the puck around the Senators zone before Emery stopped his shot from the slot.

Kozlov got the puck on the right side and cut to the net between the Senators' Randy Robitaille and Wade Redden to put a backhand past Emery.

Backstrom, a fourth overall choice in 2006 who will turn 20 on Nov. 23, poked a loose puck past Emery on a goalmouth scramble.

Fleischman made it 3-0 when he fired a shot from the right side over Emery's right shoulder.

Notes

  • Kozlov's goal was his third of the season, his first since Oct. 8, in a 2-1 road victory against the New York Islanders.
  • Senators C Jason Spezza missed his fifth consecutive game because of a groin injury. Rookie LW Nick Foligno was Ottawa's only healthy scratch.
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Viktor Kozlov (left) and Alex Ovechkin are thrilled with their effort as they knock off the Senators.  (AP)
Viktor Kozlov (left) and Alex Ovechkin are thrilled with their effort as they knock off the Senators. (AP)

Scoreboard
Washington  (6-9-1) «0314
Ottawa (13-2-0)0101
Three Stars
V. Kozlov
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
O. Kolzig
WAS


Saves: 27
Save Pct.: .964
A. Ovechkin
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
12:10Viktor Kozlov (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Alex Ovechkin, Shaone Morrisonn
14:27Power Play - Nicklas Backstrom (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Michael Nylander
17:55Tomas Fleischmann (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov
18:49Daniel Alfredsson (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Mike Fisher, Dany Heatley
3RD PERIOD
16:15Alex Ovechkin (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Brooks Laich, Michael Nylander
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:36Poti, 2 min, Tripping
08:52Richardson, 2 min, Roughing
19:48Phillips, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
2ND PERIOD
04:16Schubert, 2 min, Tripping
07:29Schultz, 2 min, Tripping
08:25Poti, 2 min, Hooking
10:51Schubert, 2 min, Holding
10:51Gordon, 2 min, Interference
13:45Donovan, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
03:40Pettinger, 2 min, Tripping
08:47Schultz, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Washington1016935
Ottawa991028
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Olaf Kolzig59:59271
Ray Emery60:00314
Game Information
Attendance - 19666
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Mark Shewchyk
 
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