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Fisher scores first goal of season in overtime to lift Senators

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OTTAWA -- Mike Fisher and the Ottawa Senators bided their time for the right scoring opportunity and then converted it just under the wire.

Fisher scored his first goal of the season with less than 40 seconds left in overtime to give Ottawa a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Fisher, who set up Dany Heatley's second-period goal, took Daniel Alfredsson's pass and shot past Brent Johnson into an open left side with 39.9 seconds remaining in the extra period.

"It was the kind of game where we had to be patient, stick with it, and just kind of slow them down as much as possible, some of their guns, and then Alfie made a really nice play in overtime," Fisher said.

Heatley scored his eighth goal of the season early in the second for Ottawa, which improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games.

Tomas Fleischmann drew Washington even at 1 with his fourth goal just 2:13 after Heatley scored.

Alexander Ovechkin returned to the Capitals' lineup after he missed two games to visit his ailing grandfather in Russia.

"I thought early on he had lots of good little opportunities," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "At the end of the game, maybe his wind was -- I don't know, he didn't have as many chances. I thought it was closer checking, even though their shot total was much greater than ours."

Johnson turned aside 42 shots, including 13 in the first, when the Capitals successfully killed a Senators' 5-on-3 advantage for 1:57 midway through the opening period.

"It's definitely a tough loss," Johnson said. "You want better results any time you can play like that."

Alex Auld stopped 26 shots in his sixth straight start for the Senators.

"(Johnson) was great," Auld said. "It seemed like everything we threw at him, he was getting a piece of it. Sometimes when you're outshooting a team like that and I wasn't getting as much work, but you've just got to stay focused because every shot is just as important, even though he's getting more at the other end."

Heatley opened the scoring 1:13 into the second. The high-scoring forward got behind Washington defenseman Jeff Schultz in the neutral zone to receive a breakaway pass from Fisher.

"It was actually a perfect pass in the way that it wasn't really flat but it landed just as I was going to catch it," Heatley said.

Heatley drove the net and deked Johnson before stuffing the puck inside the left post, past the goalie's outstretched right pad.

Fleischmann drew Washington even at 3:26 when he took a pass from Alexander Semin and put a backhander past Auld.

A cheer went up from the Scotiabank Place crowd of 18,485 with 8:57 remaining in the third period when the video scoreboard displayed early results of the U.S. presidential election that showed Barack Obama leading John McCain by a 194-69 margin in electoral votes.

Johnson, who was born in Farmington, Mich., was surprised to hear the Canadian crowd's reaction.

"I didn't think the people would be too concerned but obviously they are -- that's great," Johnson said.


  • A couple of thousand military personnel took in the game as part of the Senators' fifth annual Canadian Forces appreciation night.
  • It was the second time the Capitals have played a game the same day as a U.S. presidential election. Washington beat Chicago 4-1 in a neutral-site game in Indianapolis on Nov. 3, 1992.
  • Capitals C Viktor Kozlov remains one point short of 500 for his career.
  • Senators D Luke Richardson was a healthy scratch.
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Mike Fisher finishes off a pass from Daniel Alfredsson as Brent Johnson looks on dejected. (AP)
Mike Fisher finishes off a pass from Daniel Alfredsson as Brent Johnson looks on dejected. (AP)
Washington (5-4-2)01001
Ottawa  (5-5-2) «01012
Three Stars
M. Fisher

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Auld

Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .963
B. Johnson

Saves: 42
Save Pct.: .955

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01:13Dany Heatley (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Fisher, Alfredsson
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