Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/29/13
Washington-capitals-ottawa
OTTAWA -- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar capped a three-goal rally with a blast from the point to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place. Gonchar's first of the season came with just 2:30 left in the third. Ottawa's record improved to 4-1-1 while the Capitals dropped to 1-4-1. Senators goalie Craig Anderson preserved the win by robbing Mike Ribeiro with 40 seconds to play. Anderson wound up making 31 saves while Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped 34 shots. The Senators fully recovered from a two goal deficit when Milan Michalek scored at 2:20 of the third. Ottawa center Kyle Turris had actually lost the faceoff in the Capitals zone to Nicklas Backstrom, but Michalek jumped forward and released a backhand that went just inside the far post. The Senators fourth line capitalized with 1:23 to go in the second period to begin the comeback. Starting the play was former top round pick Mika Zibanejad, who was playing his first NHL game of the season after being summoned from the farm team a day earlier. Finishing it, after taking a feed in the slot from Erik Condra, was Jim O'Brien, who was celebrating his 24th birthday. It was O'Brien's second goal of the season and fifth in 40 NHL games. The Capitals Troy Brower and Matt Hendricks each tallied their second of the season in the opening period. Brower banged a shot in off goalie Craig Anderson's pad after rookie defenseman Patrick Wiercioch was beaten in the Ottawa zone.Hendricks scored on a redirection of a harmless looking shot by defenseman John Erskine. NOTES: Opposing each other for the first time as head coaches, Adam Oates and Paul MacLean go way back. On June 15, 1989, they were traded together by the Detroit Red Wings to the St. Louis Blues for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney. And during the 2002-03 season, Oates played for an Anaheim Mighty Ducks team on which MacLean was an assistant coach. "I was an older guy," said Oates. "Our relationship was great." As it was when they were teammates. "I like to say I made him a millionaire, but he might have already had it before then," joked MacLean. ... Senators top center Jason Spezza missed the game with an "upper body" injury ... The Senators entered the game 33-33-5-4 all-time against Washington. ... Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin, a right-handed shot, couldn't be happier about being back on left wing. "When I was on the right side I was a little confused, a little lost," Ovechkin said of Oates' failed experiment. "We made some changes, I talked to Oatsie, told him I'm more comfortable playing left side than right side." Ovechkin scored just one goal in team's first five games.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

USOC says athletes concern about Zika shouldn't attend Games

Von Miller shares support for embattled Johnny Manziel

The Panthers had to use a silent snap count at the Super Bowl

Report: Lakers would fire Byron Scott to hire Luke Walton

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Report: Luke Walton will not consider coaching offers until offseason

Budweiser: Peyton Manning not paid for Super Bowl beer plug

Archie Manning: 'I think Peyton's done in Denver'

Donald Trump: I told Tom Brady not to endorse me for President

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

Top defensive performances in Super Bowl history

FBI questions Jeremy Shockey about drug and gambling ring

Coldplay drummer thought Johnny Football was real name

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker