Ottawa 5, Washington 2

The Sens jumped ahead of Washington early and survived an indifferent third period to win their fourth in a row.  Erik Karlsson lead the way again with a 3-point night and Craig Anderson made key saves to prevent a Capital comeback.

First Period
The Sens started the game strong and were rewarded with a nice goal from KarlssonNeil then took a dumb penalty and the momentum switched to Washington until Michalek deeked Wideman off a great pass from Karlsson to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead.
Second Period
The Sens enjoyed another good start, with Michalek deflecting in Ottawa’s third goal on the powerplay.  Washington continued to have penalty trouble and the Sens capitalised with Phillips scoring after Foligno and Neil created a turnover (the goal chased Vokoun).  The Sens got a little sleepy afterward, but Anderson was up for the task.  Two big hits in the period, one by Cowen and the other was Green on Greening.
Third Period
The Sens were asleep for the first half of the period, giving up an early powerplay goal to Carlsson and a facial deflection to Perreault.  After the second Washington goal the Sens picked up their play and Foligno salted it away with an empty-netter.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Karlsson (Spezza, Michalek)
A great pass from Spezza to find Karlsson all alone at the top of the circle who beats Vokoun the 5-hole
2. Michalek (Karlsson)
Fantastic bank-pass from behind his own net springs Michalek who dekes Wideman and beats Vokoun short side 5-hole
3. Michalek (Karlsson, Alfredsson) (pp)
Point shot bounces off Brouwer and then Michalek
4. Phillips (Foligno, Neil) (pp)
Neil and Foligno combine to turn the puck over and Phillips hammers home the puck
5. Washington, Carlsson (pp)
Phillips loses track of the back door and Carlsson slides in for a one-timer
6. Washington, Perreault
Chimera deflects the puck in off Perreault’s face
7. Foligno (Neil, Gonchar) (en)

Top-performers:
Erik  Karlsson – another dominating game for Karlsson
Milan Michalek – picked up a couple of goals and made some key defensive plays
Chris Phillips – was physical, good defensively and scored a goal
Craig Anderson – kept Washington at bay when the team was asleep

Players Who Struggled: no one specifically struggled, although tonight was the first time in awhile that Bobby Butler was invisible.

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