OTTAWA - Alex Ovechkin scored the game winner Thursday night as the Washington Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1.
Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals (27-15-10) as Braden Holtby picked up his 25th win of the season by stopping 25 shots.
Kyle Turris scored the lone Ottawa (20-21-9) goal as Robin Lehner made 27 saves. The Senators have lost three of their last five (2-3-0).
Trailing 2-1 to start the third period, the Senators did their best to score the equalizer but just couldn't find a way to beat Holtby.
There was little excitement for the 16,543 on hand at Canadian Tire Centre in a scoreless first period, but Ovechkin made an impact early in the second as he drove Erik Karlsson into the boards.
Ottawa took exception to the play and it resulted in Bobby Ryan and Ovechkin each taking roughing minors.
Turris opened the scoring midway through the second as Ottawa was rewarded for some solid work down low. Turris took a pass from Mark Stone and went on to beat Holtby with a shot under the crossbar. It was Turris' first goal since January 4.
The lead was short lived as the Capitals scored two unanswered goals 49 seconds apart. Kuznetsov tied the game jumping on a rebound and right after Ovechkin hit the puck out of mid-air to beat Lehner.
Thursday's game was a milestone for defenceman Chris Phillips, who set the franchise record by playing in his 1,179th game to surpass Daniel Alfredsson. Alfredsson and former teammate Wade Redden were on hand for the occasion.
Notes: D Mark Borowiecki and D Patrick Wiercioch were healthy scratches. G Craig Anderson and RW Alex Chiasson (lower body) are day-to-day for the Senators. C Michael Latta, LW Aaron Volpatti and D Cameron Schilling were healthy scratches for Washington.