GAME FILE

SEN­A­TORS 3, CAP­I­TALS 2

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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.

JEERS

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.

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY

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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