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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Washington



(Wednesday, November 27th)

Final Score: Ottawa 6, Washington 4

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Smith broke a tie with 2:23 remaining in the third period to help lift the Ottawa Senators to a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals.

Smith had been in the penalty box when Washington defenseman John Carlson knotted the score 64 seconds earlier.

Bobby Ryan scored his second goal of the game into an empty net with 12.6 seconds for the Senators, who registered their fifth straight victory over the Capitals, but posted their first regulation win at Verizon Center since March 12, 2006. Washington had gone 11-0-2 in its last 13 home games against Ottawa.

Smith went off for kneeing with 3:30 left and Carlson scored a mere three seconds into the power play. Joel Ward won a right-circle faceoff cleanly back to Carlson and he ripped a shot that deflected in off an Ottawa player, tying the game at 4-4.

Smith made amends for the infraction by taking a pass from Chris Neil in the neutral zone and beating Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby with a shot from the left circle.

Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson earned the win with 29 saves.

Holtby allowed five goals on 40 shots in Washington's fourth consecutive loss.

"We had them. We were close to putting our stamp on it, but we let them back," Carlson said. "It's tough. We need wins right now and this is certainly one that we can look back on and make sure it doesn't happen again because it's not a good loss."

The Capitals entered play with a minus-9 goal differential in the first period, but outscored Ottawa by a 3-1 margin during the opening frame on Wednesday.

All four goals came in a span of 2:43, beginning with Eric Fehr's tally at the 12:10 mark.

Senators defenseman Joe Corvo looked to send the puck out of the Ottawa zone, but Michael Latta was forechecking and intercepted the clearing attempt off the left-wing boards. The rookie was then tripped, but the puck made its way to Fehr and he beat Anderson with a snap shot from the slot.

Ryan countered for Ottawa 1:18 later with a nifty tip from in front on a power play, but Marcus Johansson and Brooks Laich scored 47 seconds apart for the Capitals.

Ten seconds after Ryan tied the game, Smith received a hooking penalty. Johansson, off a broken play, swatted a loose puck into an open net on the ensuing man advantage at 14:06, then Laich whipped a backhander past Anderson for a two-goal Washington lead that evaporated in a four-minute span in the second period.

Ottawa entered with the second-best road power play and the unit struck again as Chris Phillips unleashed a slap shot from near the dot in the left circle, beating Holtby high on the glove side at 6:36 for his first goal of the season.

Colin Greening tied things up at even strength with his first goal as well. Greening fired a wrister from the right wing through a screened Holtby at 10:36.

A third power-play marker, this one by Mika Zibanejad, gave the Senators a 4-3 lead 6:05 into the third period.

"I thought we shot the puck and had people at the net," Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean said about his team's power play. "That second we tipped one in, I think one goes in off Mika. We had people at the net and we're shooting the puck. Any time you're going to be effective on the power play you have to be shooting the puck."

Game Notes

The Capitals and Senators have both allowed at least one goal while shorthanded in six straight games ... Washington had outscored opponents 17-9 in the second period in its previous 12 games.

11/27 23:03:29 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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