Joe B: Ottawa Pulls Out Win

Joe B: Ottawa Pulls Out Win
March 31, 2010, 4:14 am
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Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:59pm

By Joe BeninatiCapitals Play-By-Play

It's only fitting that a regular season series that features that 33goals split between two teams would culminate with a 5-4 OT decision.The Senators and Caps are not afraid to throw caution to the wind.

Ottawa found a way to win this game when I was convinced thatWashington's come back efforts would be rewarded. The Senators tookadvantage of their power play chances, cashing in three times,including a sublime tip-in from Alex Kovalev to win it with just 19seconds left in OT.

The Caps have not been able to match theiropponent's desperation level in the past few outings, and some willargue how could they, with almost everything achievable in the regularseason wrapped up. With games against Atlanta and Boston in the nearfuture, the opponent is definitely going to NEED the game more thanWashington.

That said, the Capitals showed enough moxie to battle backfrom a 3-1 deficit this evening.

In the first period, Ottawa scored acouple goals as a result of bank shots and deflections. Those haveplagued Jose Theodore in back-to-back games. Alex Semin has been nearlyunstoppable against the Senators and their top net minder BrianElliott. The crafty winger scored two more beauties tonight, one offhis patented wrist shot, the other on a backhand to the roof that wasset up by Alex Ovechkin.

When Mike Green scored the goal in the secondperiod, I was completely of the belief the home team would stomp itsway to victory in the third. Green was very good in both ends of theice this evening.

Mathieu Perreault's third period goal came off a verysmooth backhanded play with very little room to operate. The youngcenter put that puck upstairs like he has played 10 years in the bigleagues.

Unfortunately for the Caps, Jason Spezza had the bounces gohis way all night as he tallied two goals and two assists. The secondgoal forcing the overtime. The game was decided by Kovalev who prior tothis evening had not mustered a single point this month.

The Capssettle for just one point as a result of that and await Atlanta onThursday on CSN.