SENATORS 3, CAPITALS 2
CHEERS Sergei Gonchar/Erik Karlsson, Senators
The power play point men converted when they had to, with Gonchar finishing off a superb play from Karlsson for the winning goal with only 2:30 remaining.
Michal Neuvirth, Capitals
After such a strong effort in front of him, Neuvirth surrendered a back-breaker of a goal, letting Milan Michalek score on a backhand from the faceoff circle early in the third period, allowing the Senators to tie the game 2-2.
WHY THEY WON
Better goaltending. While Craig Anderson allowed two goals for the first time this season, he was once again outstanding, picking up his fourth win of the young season. The Capitals, meanwhile, have major netminding issues.
Jim O’Brien doesn’t score many — he had four career goals before Tuesday — but he picked quite the time to find the range. O’Brien, who celebrated his 24th birthday Tuesday, put the Senators on the board with 1:23 left in the second period, narrowing the Capitals’ lead to 2-1.
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