CAPS GAME DAY--Game 51: Caps Host Ottawa Senators

Posted by Dave Nichols | Sunday, February 01, 2009 | | 0 comments »


Chris Neil took a run at Semin in the slot and Semin stepped out of it and Neil ended up taking out Alexandre Picard, who went straight to the dressing room.

Jurcina took a soft hold at 2:52. Semin joined him with 0:23 for a trip. Both calls were fairly questionable. The 5-on-3 expired without incident. Green sacrificed the body to make a save on an open net. Ottawa didn't get a single shot on during the PP.

Back to 5-on-5, Chris Kelly found Antoine Vermette in the slot for an easy goal. Feds was backchecking as Jurcina and Erskine were caught out of position, and Johnson had no chance on Vermette's shot. 6-3 Caps.

Caps get called for too many men at 11:25. Fluky goal on the face-off. The puck came off Poti's stick and Heatley was able to get just enough of it to slip it past Johnson.

Green took a slash on a breakaway just moments later. Boudreau isn't going to be happy the way the Caps are trying to let the Sens back into this one. Caps killed the penalty without incident.

Senators pull the goalie with just under 2:00 left. Johnson made a nice kick save during the 6-on-4.

Caps get empty netter with 23.9 left, Backstrom from his own crease.

Final score 7-4.

Total SOG: WAS-29, OTT-38


I missed the first two Caps goals as I was stuck waiting for an elevator. Fehr and Ovechkin with the tallies.

Alfie lit the lamp again on a slap shot from the top of the circle off a cross-ice pass from Volchenkov. It's Alfie's 14th. He just kills the Caps. 4-2 Caps.

Spezza took interference call to give Caps a 5-on-3. Backstrom fanned on nice crossing pass from Semin.

Gordon gets two for holding the stick at 9:24. Johnson made a nice kick save on Alfie on the first shot of the PP. Sens get two shots on goal total.

Green hit Semin with a terrific lob pass and Semin beat Elliot with beautiful backhand at 13:07 to make it 5-2.

Ovie completed the hat trick with a wrister off a long pass from Feds, earning everyone in attendance free wings with the sixth goal. It's his 36th of the season. Time of the goal 15:31. The cheer for the announcement was, well, really loud.

Twice in the period the glass behind the Senators goal was knocked loose, the second time on a big hit from Brash on Chris Phillips.

Shots: WAS-12;OTT-17
Penalties: WAS-1; OTT-2


Good first shift by Nyls, Semin and Feds undone by defensive zone turnover and Daniel Alfredsson's goal, a wrist shot from the top of the circle that Johnson never saw, screened by Morissonn.

Gordon had two of the Caps first three shots.

Johnny made a nice save on Alfie at 9:33

With Heatley off for a hook at 9:40, Backstrom won the draw straight back to Green, who unleashed a bomb from the point. Wes didn't even have time to announce the penalty.

Another PP goal, this time Feds won the draw back to Green, who went cross ice to Ovie at the left dot, who one-timed it past Elliot.

Chris Kelly took a hook at 17:33.

Shots: WAS-12; OTT-9
Penalties: WAS-0; OTT-3
Some pre-game notes from Verizon Center to get you ready for the Super Bowl Sunday matinee. I'll be updating this space with news, notes and observations between periods today.

  • Brent Johnson gets the start today between the pipes. Theodore gets the day off after seven straight starts (since Jan. 1 Theo's 6-3-1, 2.20, .919)
  • Brian Elliot will start for Ottawa. He got the win in the Sens 3-2 win over the Caps right before the all-star break
  • Today's scratches are captain Chris Clark and center David Steckel
  • Ottawa is scratching D Brendan Bell and LW Nick Foligno
    • ______________