Spezza has four-point night as Sens hand Caps sec­ond straight loss

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

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.

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