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Senators-Capitals Preview

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Senators-Capitals Preview
Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals

GAME: Ottawa Senators (42-15-5) at Washington Capitals (22-33-7).

TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. EST.

The Ottawa Senators have proven they can score. They showed in their last outing they can score quickly, too.

Ottawa looks for its seventh win in eight contests when it concludes a five-game road trip with a matchup against the Washington Capitals.

The Senators, whose 245 goals and 3.95 per game leads the NHL, scored three times on their first four shots in the opening 5:02 en route to a 3-1 win at Atlanta on Friday night.

"We controlled the puck pretty well," said Daniel Alfredsson, who started the opening run at the 1:43 mark. "We got off to a good start, and obviously that gave us the win. It put them back on their heels. That allowed us to play a lot smarter."

Chris Kelly scored 58 seconds after Alfredsson and Bryan Smolinski's goal made it 3-0 on an assist from Tyler Arnason, who made his Senators debut after being acquired from Chicago on Thursday.

The Senators also held Atlanta to just 17 shots to help goaltender Ray Emery win for the sixth time in his last seven starts. Emery has become the starter since Dominik Hasek injured his groin while playing for the Czech Republic in the Olympics.

Ottawa got back on track Friday after having a five-game winning streak snapped with a 6-2 loss to Florida on Wednesday.

"We wanted to forget that," forward Dany Heatley said. "We have been able to forget (the losses). We're going to drop a game now and then."

Washington had a two-game win streak snapped and rookie Alexander Ovechkin had his run of scoring a goal in seven straight contests end with a 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey on Friday. Ovechkin also missed his attempt in the shootout.

The Capitals took a 2-0 lead just eight minutes in on goals by Matt Pettinger and Bryan Muir, but allowed the Devils to score three unanswered goals before Dainius Zubrus sent the game into overtime when he scored at 19:26 of the third period.

"We need to be able to put a team away," said Capitals center Jeff Halpern, who recorded his 200th career point. "We weren't able to do that."

Ottawa has outscored Washington 30-8 in recording six wins and a tie in the last seven meetings.

STANDINGS: Senators - 89 points, 1st place, Northeast Division. Capitals - 51 points, 5th place, 41 PB, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Senators - Alfredsson and Heatley, 36 goals; Jason Spezza, 47 assists; Alfredsson, 79 points; Chris Neil, 157 PIM. Capitals - Ovechkin, 42 goals, 37 assists and 79 points; Chris Clark, 82 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Senators - Power play: 20.0 percent (74 for 369), 4th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.5 percent (319 for 373), 4th. Capitals - Power play: 14.7 percent (55 for 375), 27th. Penalty killing: 78.8 percent (335 for 425), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Senators - Emery (14-5-1, 2 SO, 2.84 GAA); Michael Morrison (10-4-2, 2.83). Capitals - Olaf Kolzig (17-23-7, 3.50); Brent Johnson (5-9-0, 4.02).

SEASON SERIES: Senators, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: March 2; Senators, 7-1. At Ottawa, Andrej Meszaros had three assists and Emery made 30 saves. Ovechkin scored Washington's lone goal with 5:07 left.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Senators - 19-9-4 on the road; Capitals - 15-14-5 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 01 '06WSH 1 at OTT 0D. Zubrus
Mar 12 '06OTT 5 at WSH 2J. Spezza
Mar 02 '06WSH 1 at OTT 7W. Redden
Jan 04 '06OTT 3 at WSH 1P. Eaves
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