Spezza has four-point night as Sens hand Caps second straight loss
OTTAWA (CP) — Jason Spezza had a four-point night, with two goals and two assists Thursday as the Ottawa Senators edged the Washington Capitals 6-5.
Alexander Semin scored three goals in a losing cause for the Capitals (41-13-7), while Alex Ovechkin collected a pair of assists, becoming the first player this season to reach 90 points.
Tomas Fleischmann and Jeff Schultz also scored for the Capitals, who got a 22-save performance from Semyon Varlamov.
Milan Michalek and Alex Kovalev had a goal and an assist each for the Senators (3-22-4) while Chris Phillips, Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil also scored. Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots.
The Senators won for the second straight time after having an 11game winning streak snapped last Saturday in Toronto.
The Capitals had won 14 straight games and were gunning for the record of 17 consecutive victories set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins, but that run came to an end Wednesday in Montreal with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Canadiens. Thursday’s loss to the Senators puts the Capitals on a two-game slide. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sergei Samsonov scored 1:47 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes beat Buffalo 4-3 on Thursday night, sending the slumping Sabres to their sixth straight loss.
Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, and Stephane Yelle and Ray Whitney also scored for Carolina, which gave coach Paul Maurice his 400th career victory by continuing its sharpest stretch of the season. SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo made 31 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen scored second-period goals in the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Ryan Kesler added a power-play goal in the third period for the Canucks. Henrik Sedin, second in the NHL in scoring, had an assist. DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal in a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Evgeny Nabokov stopped a career-high 50 shots, and Joe Thornton and Dwight Helminen scored in regulation for the Sharks.
It was Western Conference-leading San Jose’s first win over Detroit this season after three losses. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic scored two goals apiece, helping the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 on Thursday night for their first three-game winning streak in more than six weeks.
Miroslav Satan also scored for the Bruins, who have put their longest winning streak since late December after losing 10 straight.