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Sens nip Caps, take No. 1 in Northeast

OTTAWA — The Senators outscored the high-powered Capitals to take the Northeast Division lead Thursday.

Chris Phillips and Alex Kovalev scored in the third period, and Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists in the first in the 6-5 victory. Ottawa won for the 13th time in 14 games and handed Washington its second straight loss after a team-record 14-game winning streak.

Ottawa moved into the division lead with 74 points, one ahead of the Sabres, who lost 4-3 in overtime at Carolina.

"It was a great test for us," Phillips said. "We didn't get intimidated by (Washington's) offensive ability. … We battled back, and that's what's so great about this team right now."

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said his team put on an "ugly display."

"I thought our defense was horrible and our goaltending (Semyon Varlamov in his first NHL game in more than two months) was horrible," he said. "You're not going to win when you give up six goals and maybe five of them are bad ones and our 'D' can't make a play. It's awful."

at Senators 3 1 2 6
Capitals 1 3 1 5
at Senators 3 1 2 6
Capitals 1 3 1 5

First Period1, Ottawa, Spezza 14 (Kuba, Picard), 6:03. 2, Ottawa, Michalek 20 (Spezza), 10:09. 3, Washington, Fleischmann 18 (Semin, Green), 17:00. 4, Ottawa, Alfredsson 17 (Michalek, Spezza), 19:53 (pp). PenaltiesMorrison, Was (hooking), 19:32.

Second Period5, Washington, Schultz 3 (Ovechkin, Green), 6:39. 6, Washington, Semin 27 (Laich), 15:17. 7, Washington, Semin 28 (Morrison, Laich), 15:59. 8, Ottawa, Neil 7 (Winchester, Kuba), 18:04. PenaltiesRegin, Ott (high-sticking), 1:22.

Third Period9, Ottawa, Phillips 7 (Kovalev), 2:23. 10, Ottawa, Kovalev 16 (Kuba, Michalek), 7:36 (pp). 11, Washington, Semin 29, 13:37. PenaltiesFisher, Ott (hooking), 2:54; Ovechkin, Was (interference), 7:00. Shots on GoalWashington 6-11-7—24. Ottawa 12-9-7—28. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 2; Ottawa 2 of 2. GoaliesWashington, Varlamov 12-2-2 (28 shots-22 saves). Ottawa, Elliott 21-12-3 (24-19).

Canucks 0 2 1 3
at Panthers 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKreps, Fla (hooking), 9:05; Glass, Van, major (fighting), 13:16; Tarnasky, Fla, major (fighting), 13:16; Burrows, Van (goaltender interference), 14:43; Allen, Fla (hooking), 18:39.

Second Period1, Vancouver, Burrows 26 (H.Sedin, Edler), 1:18. 2, Vancouver, Hansen 6 (Salo), 18:10 (sh). PenaltiesFlorida bench, served by Olesz (abusive language), 2:39; Samuelsson, Van (slashing), 3:46; O'Brien, Van (tripping), 4:01; Florida bench, served by Frolik (too many men), 5:10; Lukowich, Van (delay of game), 8:56; Weiss, Fla (slashing), 10:27; O'Brien, Van (holding), 17:08.

Third Period3, Vancouver, Kesler 16 (Samuelsson, Edler), 15:57 (pp). PenaltiesO'Brien, Van (interference), 11:01; Kesler, Van (slashing), 12:58; Dvorak, Fla (hooking), 14:01. Shots on GoalVancouver 14-11-10—35. Florida 10-8-13—31. Power-play opportunitiesVancouver 1 of 5; Florida 0 of 7. GoaliesVancouver, Luongo 31-16-2 (31 shots-31 saves). Florida, Vokoun 19-21-9 (35-32). A13,787 (19,250).

at Hurricanes 2 1 0 1 4
Sabres 2 0 1 0 3

First Period1, Buffalo, Roy 15 (MacArthur), 2:13. 2, Buffalo, Hecht 13 (Connolly, Montador), 14:01. 3, Carolina, Sutter 14 (Samsonov, Ruutu), 16:29 (pp). 4, Carolina, Whitney 17 (Jokinen, Pitkanen), 19:58 (pp). PenaltiesWhitney, Car (hooking), 6:49; Rivet, Buf (cross-checking), 15:22; Connolly, Buf (hooking), 17:37; Lydman, Buf (high-sticking), 19:47.

Second Period5, Carolina, Yelle 4 (Sutter), 9:55. PenaltiesVanek, Buf (hooking), 13:12; Roy, Buf (slashing), 18:28; Jokinen, Car (slashing), 18:28.

Third Period6, Buffalo, Roy 16 (Vanek, Butler), 12:53. PenaltiesAlberts, Car (slashing), 4:21.

Overtime7, Carolina, Samsonov 12 (Sutter), 1:47. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBuffalo 12-10-10-0—32. Carolina 13-13-7-2—35. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 2; Carolina 2 of 4. GoaliesBuffalo, Miller 29-14-7 (35 shots-31 saves). Carolina, Legace 7-5-2 (32-29). A15,527 (18,680).

Sharks 2 0 0 0 3
at Red Wings 1 0 1 0 2
Sharks win shootout 1-0

First Period1, Detroit, Franzen 2 (Zetterberg, Lidstrom), 12:13 (pp). 2, San Jose, Thornton 16 (Wallin, Boyle), 12:38. 3, San Jose, Helminen 1 (Mitchell, Nichol), 19:50. PenaltiesClowe, SJ (elbowing), 3:41; Draper, Det (holding), 6:42; Ortmeyer, SJ (interference), 11:55; Boyle, SJ (tripping), 14:05; Holmstrom, Det (goaltender interference), 14:58.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesThornton, SJ (hooking), 5:46; Nichol, SJ (roughing), 19:39; Miller, Det (roughing), 19:39.

Third Period4, Detroit, Ja.Williams 4 (Lebda, Holmstrom), 12:55. PenaltiesClowe, SJ, major (fighting), 13:43; Ericsson, Det, major (fighting), 13:43; Blake, SJ (tripping), 14:11.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesBlake, SJ (tripping), 2:39.

ShootoutSan Jose 1 (Pavelski NG, Clowe NG, Marleau G), Detroit 0 (Datsyuk NG, Ja.Williams NG, Bertuzzi NG). Shots on GoalSan Jose 9-8-7-2—26. Detroit 19-14-17-2—52. Power-play opportunitiesSan Jose 0 of 2; Detroit 1 of 6. GoaliesSan Jose, Nabokov 34-8-9 (52 shots-50 saves). Detroit, Howard 20-13-8 (26-24).

Sens nip Caps, take No. 1 in Northeast 02/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 12:22am]

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