The Senators are no longer a one trick pony. Double the pleasure. Double the fun. The Senators kicked off the New Year’s party early by closing out 2013 in style with a 3-1 victory over Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Monday night in front of 20,193 at the Canadian Tire Centre. For the first time since Nov. 9, the Senators were able to win two straight as goaltender Craig Anderson made 34 stops while Clarke MacArthur, Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad chipped in with goals. Playing for the second straight game without captain Jason Spezza and alternate Chris Phillips, the Senators were able to beat Caps’ goalie Phillip Grubauer twice on the 38 shots he faced while MacArthur salted it away into an empty net. “It was huge to take care of business on home ice. We knew we had a team that played (Sunday),” said Anderson. “We had to take advantage. You have opportunities like that you have to use the rest and make sure you pounce. “We battled all night. We made some mistakes but we battled back and forechecked hard after we made mistakes. I likes our fight and our work ethic.” Not all the news was good. The Senators were forced to play most of the game without alternate captain Chris Neil. He left with a lower body injury early in the first after a collision with Washington winger Alexander Ovechkin early and coach Paul MacLean said he could be gone long-term. There was speculation it was his ankle because he limped to the dressing room after the incident. “At this point it doesn’t appear that he’s day-to-day. It could be longer than that,” said MacLean, who didn’t provide any further details on the ailment. MacArthur broke a 10-game slump on a unselfish setup by Erik Karlsson. “I saw he was there. He hasn’t scored in a couple of games. It was the right thing to do,” said Karlsson. Only Joel Ward was able to beat Anderson.
Ottawa Senators win 2nd in row with win over Washington Caps
Ottawa Sun | Dec 31