OTTAWA - Mike Fisher scored in overtime and Daniel Alfredsson had two assists Tuesday as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1.
Fisher scored his first goal of the season four minutes 20 seconds into overtime to give the Senators the win. Fisher also added an assist. Dany Heatley scored the other goal for the Senators (5-5-2) while Alex Auld made 26 saves for the win.
Tomas Fleischmann scored the lone goal for the Capitals (5-5-1) who got a 42-save performance from Brent Johnson.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet in his return to the Capitals' lineup. Ovechkin missed the last two games to be with his ailing grandfather in Russia.
Johnson was the busier of the two goaltenders but it was Auld who faced the most difficult tests in the third period and two big saves in particular kept the game tied through regulation.
After a terrible giveaway by Senators forward Chris Neil, Michael Nylander got a breakaway but was unable to beat Auld. Then, with a little more than eight minutes to play in the third, Auld made a stop and then stoned Alexander Semin with a great stop on the rebound.
After a scoreless first period, the teams traded second period goals with Heatley scoring at 1:13 and Fleischmann responding at 3:26.
Heatley stepped out of the penalty box and took a pass from Fisher, and on the ensuing breakaway beat Johnson with a couple of moves before crashing into the crossbar.
A little more than two minutes later Fleischmann took a pass from Semin at the side of the Senators goal, cut in front of Auld and then put a backhander past the fallen netminder.
Notes-Ovechkin has missed just three of a possible 257 games in his career and the Capitals are 1-2 in the games he has missedÂ??f1The Capitals have played just once before on the same day as a U.S. Presidential election. On Nov. 3 1992 the Capitals beat the Chicago Black Hawks 4-1 in a neutral site game in Indianapolis. Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush that night as wellThe Capitals were 4-0-0 against the Senators last season.