Caps v. Sens – Talk About a Wild One

Washington Capitals (3-0-2 8pts) v. Ottawa Senators (2-3-0 4pts)

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Game Recap:

In Ottawa for the first time since January 31st, 2020, the Washington Capitals looking to bounce back from their 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary on Saturday as they take on the Senators, who are also looking to bounce back from a loss of their own from Saturday. In the first period the Sens would strike first as Drake Batherson would net his second of the season on the first shot of the game for the Sens to take the 1-0 lead. However, the Caps would respond with a pair of goals from TJ Oshie to give them the 2-1 lead. The Caps would not be finished there though as a floater from the point by Nick Jensen would find it’s way past Anton Forsberg to grow the Caps lead to two, and then John Carlson would snipe one past the glove of Forsberg to give the Caps the 4-1 lead and chase Forsberg from the Ottawa net.

Then in the second period Josh Norris would strike to get the Senators back on the board and breathe some life into them as they cut their deficit to two. Then there would be a series of penalties between the two teams that would result in some 4 on 4 action and two powerplays for the Sens, and on the second powerplay Chris Tierney would get the puck past Ilya Samsonov to get the Sens with one. Then minutes later Drake Batehrson would net his second of the game to tie the game at four. However, late in the second period Alex Ovechkin would take charge and storm the Ottawa net to score his sixth of the season to retake the one goal lead, and then Oshie would complete the hat trick to give the Capitals the 6-2 lead heading into the second intermission. The Caps would be outshot 16 to 6 by the Sens in the second period.

In the third period Drake Batherson would complete his hat trick to bring the Sens back within one. However, Alex Ovechkin wouldn’t have any of it as he would net his second of the game to give the Capitals the 7-5 victory over the Senators. Both teams would have powerplay opportunities in the third, but neither team would capitalize on them.

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Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Anthony Mantha — Connor McMichael — T.J. Oshie

Conor Sheary — Hendrix Lapierre — Daniel Sprong

Carl Hagelin — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen

Trevor van Riemsdyk — Justin Schultz

Ilya Samsonov

Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: Dennis Cholowski, Matt Irwin

Injured: Nicklas Backstrom (hip), Nic Dowd (lower body)

Ottawa Senators:

Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Drake Batherson

Tim Stutzle — Nick Paul — Connor Brown

Alex Formenton — Chris Tierney — Tyler Ennis

Zach Sanford — Logan Shaw — Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot — Artem Zub

Nick Holden — Nikita Zaitsev

Victor Mete — Josh Brown

Anton Forsberg

Filip Gustavsson

Scratched: Michael Del Zotto, Dylan Gambrell

Injured: Austin Watson (ankle), Colin White (shoulder), Shane Pinto (upper body), Matt Murray (upper body)

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First Period:

OTT Goal – 2:26 – Drake Batherson (2) from unassisted

WAS Goal – 6:26 – TJ Oshie (2) from Trevor van Riemsdyk (4)

WAS Goal – 11:10 – TJ Oshie (3) from Anthony Mantha (2) and Connor McMichael (1)

WAS Goal – 13:37 – Nick Jensen (2) from Dmitry Orlov (3) and Conor Sheary (2)

WAS Goal – 15:43 – John Carlson (1) from Lars Eller (2) and Martin Fehervary (1)

End of FirstWAS – 4OTT – 1
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Second Period:

OTT Goal – 5:57 – Josh Norris (3) from Artem Zub (3) and Drake Batherson (2)

WAS Penalty – 6:23 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Roughing

OTT Penalty – 7:11 – Brady Tkachuk 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

WAS Penalty – 8:11 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for Interference

OTT PPG – 9:36 – Chris Tierney (4) from Tyler Ennis (3) and Thomas Chabot (2)

OTT Goal – 11:16 – Drake Batherson (3) from Brady Tkachuk (2)

WAS Goal – 16:27 – Alex Ovechkin (6) from unassisted

WAS Goal – 19:52 – TJ Oshie (4) from Connor McMichael (2)

End of SecondWAS – 6OTT – 4
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Third Period:

OTT Goal – 6:32 – Drake Batherson (4) from Josh Norris (1) and Thomas Chabot (3)

OTT Penalty – 8:37 – Alex Formenton 2 minutes for Holding

WAS Goal – 10:46 – Alex Ovechkin (7) from Tom Wilson (7)

WAS Penalty – 12:19 – Anthony Mantha 2 minutes for Hooking

OTT Penalty – 16:30 – Brady Tkachuk 10 minute Misconduct

WAS Penalty – 16:30 – Tom Wilson 10 minute Misconduct

End of ThirdWAS – 7OTT – 5
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