After a week of emotional games against rivals to kick off the 2011-12 NHL season, the Washington Capitals faced an opponent of a different sort Saturday night in the Ottawa Senators.

Projected to struggle in a rebuilding year, Ottawa entered Verizon Center on Saturday with one win but hardly let the Capitals steamroll them into submission. Washington weathered a sloppy second period riddled with turnovers and defensive miscues to clinch a 2-1 victory, its first in regulation this season.