Canadian winter descended upon the American capital Tuesday. And, the Senators gave the Washington Capitals a lesson how to deal with icy conditions.

No Alex Ovechkin. No problem.

Without the NHL’s leading goal scorer in the lineup, goaltender Craig Anderson closed the door to make 34 stops for his 25th career shutout and third of the season as the Senators halted a two-game losing streak to score a 2-0 victory over the Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Only Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza were able to beat Braden Holtby on the 26 shots he faced as the Senators opened this four-game road trip by sweeping the season series against the Caps and extending their winning streak vs. Washington to seven straight games.

This wasn’t the prettiest victory and they had to rely on Anderson to make big stops, but they’ll take the two points as they did what it took to shut down the Caps. It was the Senators' third straight road win and Ottawa hasn’t lost to Washington since Dec. 7, 2011.

“It was a good road game. We stuck with it and stuck with it and found a way to get the win,” said Spezza. “I think we carried the play for a lot of the night.”

So, were the Caps much different without Ovechkin?

“You take the best goal scorer in the game out of your team and you don’t have to worry about him,” said Spezza.

“They are still a good team. We knew they’d come out hard. When they are missing Ovechkin, you don’t have to worry about the big one-timer standing on the dot that has burned so many teams over the years.”

With the Senators clinging to a one-goal lead, Spezza’s 13th of the season beat Holtby on the blocker side on the power play at 8:56 to give the club some much-needed breathing room.

“We played really well for 60 minutes,” said Anderson. “From the start until the end, we did things we were supposed to do and we did them well.