Ovechkin keys Caps' rally

OTTAWA — Alex Ovechkin's long-developing goal highlighted the Capitals' four-goal third period as they beat the Senators 5-3 on Wednesday.

Washington improved to 2-3 under new coach Dale Hunter. It beat Ottawa 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

The Capitals trailed 2-1 entering the third. Nicklas Backstrom tied it during a power play 9:45 in. He assisted on Ovechkin's go-ahead goal 4:05 later. Ovechkin carried the puck down the left side, behind the net and back along the right side. He then stopped, turned around and beat Craig Anderson.

Troy Brouwer scored 15 seconds later to make it 4-2. John Carlson, who also had two assists, sealed it with an empty-netter.

Ottawa wing Chris Neil was called for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second after he fell following a spear to the groin by Ovechkin. It came behind the play, after Neil checked Ovechkin in the corner. No penalty was called on Ovechkin. Neil went to the dressing room but returned soon after.

Crosby to miss two

PITTSBURGH — Penguins star center Sidney Crosby will sit out two games as a precaution after taking a hard hit Monday against Boston, the team said. Crosby returned Nov. 21 after missing almost 11 months because of a concussion.

"Sidney wasn't feeling 100 percent," general manager Ray Shero said. "He … took a (concussion) test, which showed no problems. However, we all think it's best that he sits out the next two games as a precaution."

Also in the game, Crosby collided with teammate Chris Kunitz and left the ice favoring his right knee. But he did not miss a shift and said it was just a "stinger." He practiced Wednesday and when asked about the knee said he felt fine.

Sex abuse: Former junior coach and convicted sex offender Graham James pleaded guilty in Canada to sexually assaulting two of his former players, including former NHL star Theo Fleury. James, to be sentenced in February, originally faced nine charges involving three players from 1979-94. Fleury revealed the abuse in an autobiography. The names of the other two haven't been disclosed. James previously served 31/2 years in prison for sexually abusing players, including former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy.

Around the league: Bruins coach Claude Julien said he sat leading scorer Tyler Seguin against the Jets on Tuesday because he overslept and missed a team breakfast and meeting. He is expected to play tonight. … Stars defenseman Mark Fistric was suspended for three games for leaving his feet to hit Islanders wing Nino Niederreiter on Saturday. Niederreiter is out with a concussion.

Capitals 0 1 4 5
at Senators 0 2 1 3
Capitals 0 1 4 5
at Senators 0 2 1 3

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesBrouwer, Was, major (fighting), 5:39; Winchester, Ott, major (fighting), 5:39; Backstrom, Was (hooking), 9:23; Gonchar, Ott (interference), 11:10; Anderson, Ott, served by Greening (tripping), 11:10.

Second Period1, Washington, Halpern 2 (Wideman, Brouwer), 2:12. 2, Ottawa, Condra 4 (Karlsson, Smith), 12:43. 3, Ottawa, Foligno 9 (Gonchar), 17:54. PenaltiesNeil, Ott (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:12; Washington bench, served by Perreault (too many men), 14:42; Chimera, Was (hooking), 15:51.

Third Period4, Washington, Backstrom 10 (Laich, Carlson), 9:45 (pp). 5, Washington, Ovechkin 9 (Backstrom, Orlov), 13:50. 6, Washington, Brouwer 8 (Johansson, Carlson), 14:05. 7, Ottawa, Michalek 17 (Greening), 16:08 (pp). 8, Washington, Carlson 5 (Halpern), 19:14 (en). PenaltiesWard, Was (slashing), :34; Karlsson, Ott (tripping), 8:46; Laich, Was (roughing), 13:12; Foligno, Ott (roughing), 13:12; Semin, Was (hooking), 16:03; Ward, Was (slashing), 17:02. Shots on GoalWashington 15-12-17—44. Ottawa 6-14-14—34. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 1 of 4; Ottawa 1 of 6. GoaliesWashington, Vokoun 11-7-0 (34 shots-31 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 12-9-2 (43-39). A17,771 (19,153).

Flyers 1 3 0 1 5
at Sabres 3 0 1 0 4

First Period1, Buffalo, Leino 3 (Kassian, Adam), 10:16 (pp). 2, Buffalo, Kassian 3 (Sekera), 18:55. 3, Buffalo, Vanek 13 (Pominville, Roy), 19:37 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Talbot 7 (Voracek), 19:59. PenaltiesTimonen, Phi (hooking), 5:37; Rinaldo, Phi (holding stick), 9:58; Finley, Buf (roughing), 13:27; Meszaros, Phi (tripping), 19:29; Rinaldo, Phi, major (fighting), 20:00; Tropp, Buf, major (fighting), 20:00.

Second Period5, Philadelphia, Read 11 (Timonen, Giroux), 5:17. 6, Philadelphia, Hartnell 12 (Giroux), 14:45. 7, Philadelphia, Jagr 9 (Giroux), 17:48. PenaltiesBourdon, Phi, minor-major (boarding, fighting), 3:10; Ellis, Buf, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 3:10; van Riemsdyk, Phi (holding), 11:54.

Third Period8, Buffalo, Stafford 5 (Pominville, Gragnani), 18:25. PenaltiesNone.

Overtime9, Philadelphia, Giroux 16, 2:37. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 16-9-6-3—34. Buffalo 13-5-5-1—24. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 0 of 1; Buffalo 2 of 4. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Bryzgalov 11-5-2 (24 shots-20 saves). Buffalo, Miller 6-6-1 (34-29). A18,690 (18,690).

Ovechkin keys Caps' rally 12/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 11:19pm]

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