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Taylor Chorney scores game-winner for Capitals

Defenseman's first goal of season gets Washington past Senators

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Taylor Chorney scored his first goal of the season with 17:17 remaining to help the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center on Sunday.

It was the second game-winning goal of Chorney's NHL career and first in nearly six years; the other came on Feb. 15, 2011 against the Dallas Stars. 

"We've been working on getting that look where we get it up to the top and go D-to-D and get into a little bit of a flank look," Chorney said. "[Brooks Orpik] put it into a good spot and I kind of just shot it. I think there was a bunch of traffic and it just went in."


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Karl Alzner also scored and Braden Holtby made 23 saves for Washington (21-9-5), which is 2-0-1 in its past three games.

Kyle Turris scored for the Senators (20-12-4), who have lost three straight (0-2-1). Mike Condon made 26 saves.

"I don't think we've come up to the standards that we feel we have to get to to win games," Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson said. "I think we created a few chances, but at the end of the day, we didn't really create enough to sustain any pressure for a longer period of time. They're a good team, they have good goaltending and we were not good enough against a team like this."

Turris scored his 13th of the season at 12:41 of the second period off a pass from Ryan Dzingel from behind the goal line to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.

Alzner tied it at 19:40 of the second when he scored off a feed from T.J. Oshie from the corner for his third of the season.

Chorney scored his third NHL goal at 2:43 of the third with a slap shot from the point. The goal was his first since March 2, 2016.


Goal of the game

Turris buried a pass from Dzingel from behind the net after the puck bounced off Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen's stick.

Video: OTT@WSH: Turris slots home the feed from Dzingel


Save of the game

Condon stopped Andre Burakovsky from the slot 8:57 into the second period.

Video: OTT@WSH: Condon slides across to rob Burakovsky


Highlight of the game

Alzner's goal started with Justin Williams being denied by Condon on a breakaway.

Video: OTT@WSH: Alzner blasts one-timer over Condon's glove


Unsung performance of the game

Ottawa forward Derick Brassard took a high stick from teammate Mike Hoffman early in the first period and briefly left the game. He returned and led the Senators with five shots on goal, including a one-timer from a sharp angle that was stopped by Holtby.


They said it

"I have to be fair; it's been three games in a row now that we're missing those goals. We're getting posts and open nets, and we've got to bury those. You look at the last three games, if you look at just half of the goals that we're missing, we definitely could have won all three." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher


"When I was playing in the American (Hockey) League, I probably put a little bit more pressure on myself to score just because that's probably your expectation. But up here, you just go out there and be reliable and if you get a chance to score a few goals here or there, you just kind of take them." -- Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney


"Guys have been doing such a good job of blocking, they don't care if they get hit with pucks anymore. They just eat them all night. We're just realizing having to get pucks through doesn't have to be right on net, let guys try to tip them in, tip them back and get them in play. We're just trying to find it through the first layer and the forwards can do the rest. It's why we just got two nice looks." -- Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner


Need to know

Turris became the 14th player in Senators history to score 100 NHL goals. … Holtby is 35-4-4 in his past 45 games against Atlantic Division opponents. … The Capitals penalty kill was 4-for-4 and has killed 39 of their past 40. … Williams has 12 points in his past 13 games.


What's next

Senators: Host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC, NHL.TV)

Capitals: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN4, CSN-DC, NHL.TV)


Video: Chorney, Holtby lead Caps to 2-1 win over Senators

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