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Caps 7, Senators 4

In a game that had a plethora of entertaining goals -- Alex Ovechkin's pair of tallies through Filip Kuba's legs, Mike Green's "Hail Mary" pass and ensuing breakaway by Alexander Semin, the pair of under-five-second power play goals -- that perhaps it's best to start off with the big picture.

Rather than get caught up in a win over Detroit and come out unprepared for a team with the third-worst record in the NHL, the Capitals game out hitting anything that moved and wound up with their second win in two days to retake second-place in the Eastern Conference with 68 points.

"We wanted to try to make a point of playing well after an emotional game yesterday," Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Added Green: "Bruce made it clear that we needed to come out strong. We can't let up at all just because we did have such a good game the night before. Usually we start off slow the next day. It was a challenge for us to get that first period."

*Alex Ovechkin may hate day games but his stats sure don't. The reigning MVP recorded his seventh-career hat trick against the Senators bringing his weekend total to five goals. The first two were both blocker-side shots on Brian Elliott, who was pulled after Ovechkin's second tally.

*The neatest part of Ovechkin's hat trick though may have been that his second and third goals were mirror images of each other. One with him streaking down the right side against Elliott, the other with him skating down the left against Alex Auld, both plays developed as he froze Filip Kuba, then shot the puck through the 6 foot 4, 226 pound defenseman's skates while using him as a screen.

Boudreau said it best: "The second goal, I don't think the poor goalie (Elliott) saw it. He was just on...He could have had more. You can tell early when that shot's going, when it's not fluttering, when it's not going all over the place. I think it was about this time last year that he started to get into a good groove. Hopefully, he's on the verge of doing the same thing."

*Ovechkin has recorded 57 points in the past 41 games (33g, 24a). It was his 11th multiple-goal gae of the season.

*Mike Green recorded a season-high four points today with a goal and three assists that gave him both the points (40) and goal-scoring (15) lead among all NHL defensemen again. He also tied Ovechkin for the team lead in power-play goals with 11.

*What everyone talked about after the game though was Green's "Hail Mary" -- or as Boudreau said "sick" -- pass to Alexander Semin, who scored a nifty backhand, breakaway goal.

"I see Tom Poti do it all the time, so I took it out of his book I guess," Green said. "I saw Semin a step ahead, I couldn't make a pass through those guys so the only way to go was over them. He picked it up great because it was bouncing and made a great goal so give the credit to him."

*Which brings us to Semin, who before that goal was on a four-game scoreless streak and has been earning more attention recently for his bad penalties than anything else.

"I talked to (Semin) on the bench," Ovechkin said. "I said sometimes the puck doesn't go in, but that it's coming. It's coming. Then the next shift he has a breakaway and scores a beautiful goal. I'm glad for him....He plays great for us. Sometimes he has mistakes, everybody have mistakes."

*The Caps two goals that came off faceoffs on the man-advantage (Only three seconds of power play for the first, and just four for the second.) marked was the first time in the past 10 games that the Senators have allowed two power-play goals. Ottawa's penalty killing unit was ranked seventh in the league heading into today's game at 83.5 percent.

*Both of Sergei Fedorov's three-point games this season have come against Ottawa.

*Eric Fehr's fourth goal of the season was his first since Dec. 4 against the Islanders.

*Jeff Schultz led all defensemen with 23:12 minutes of ice time, recorded his eighth assist of the season (His last was Nov. 20 vs Los Angeles.) and was a plus-4.

*The Capitals have scored 11 goals in two games after being held to two goals for four straight games.

By Katie Carrera  |  February 1, 2009; 7:40 PM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks Katie!

Posted by: _Mark | February 1, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

first? for once?

Posted by: oo7 | February 1, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to get that in before someone typed first or something else weird.

Posted by: _Mark | February 1, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

dang.
so much for first.
Well, it was a great weekend regardless!
THings are going to start getting good around here! ha!


Posted by: oo7 | February 1, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Sorry oo7

Posted by: _Mark | February 1, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhhhhhh...I knew there'd be a post-game post, just not sure how long we'd have to wait for it. Thanks Katie!!

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | February 1, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

it's about time!

Posted by: jmb9778 | February 1, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

@jmb9778

I was thinking that...

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | February 1, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, who got the hard hat?

Call me silly, but I am curious who Jeff Schultz deemed worthy.

Posted by: Kim-3 | February 1, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Finally got home - busy day. That was fun. :) Good to see them come out strong after a game like the Wings game; we now know that they're perfectly capable of it, and boy howdy did they.

I thought Johnson was just a tad off, but the Senators got as many goals as they did by kicking everything that came in reach towards the net, including themselves and the odd Cap or two. They came out nasty, gotta say. Fortunately, two can play that game and they backed off a bit after getting bounced into the box twice.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 1, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Great game by Ovechkin and Greenie. A bit of a crappy 3rd period by us, but it's all good. We got 3 points and it was hella fun to watch.

BTW, where is that cstanton1 idiot and the other Green haters now? Should we trade him or not today?

Right, that's what I thought. You only crawl out when we lose and he makes a mistake or two.

Green is the best offensive D in the NHL right now, IMO. Absolutely brilliant performance by him today. Stop getting on his case when he makes mistakes. All offensive D make mistakes sometimes. Comes with the position. Focus on how many incredible plays he makes game in and game out... and he plays almost 30 minutes a game! He's a one in a generation talent, same as Ovechkin, so it's time to stop dissing him and write stupid crap about how we should trade him.

Lats thing for today. Montreal wins the prize for the ugliest sports uniforms of all time with their 1912 unis they used vs. Boston today. Design has come a long way since 1912. Those were absolutely atrocious! They actually almost made me physically ill. I hope I will never have to see them again.

Posted by: ranndino | February 1, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to give it up for my boy, Semin, for making a goal. I don't have the luxury of getting it on cable here in LA but reading about it is the next best thing. Heading out to DC on Wednesday evening, to catch the game against the Kings on Thursday. Here's hoping Semin makes it a memorable game for me. Oh, and on Saturday's game too against the Panthers. Kick butt, Caps. Thanks for a great weekend, guys!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 1, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Nylander was atrocious...2/12 in the circle? No points, again? Would you look at that, it's trade-for-bag-of-pucks time.

Meanwhile, big-ups to tonight's 3 stars:

1. Ovechkin (hatty!)
2. Green (4 points!)
3. Fedorov (3 points!)

Great job team, beautiful game.

Posted by: DrAdamson | February 1, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

It was an impressive weekend for the Young Guns

Ovie
Green
Semin-kinda
Backstrom

and old man Feds

And awesome goal by Fehr...you deserved it

Posted by: gtydings | February 1, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

What's up with Chris Clark? Trade bait?

Posted by: jwhit1 | February 1, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

@gtydings
I too like Fehr's goal, still not many minutes, good production out of him. May be his first in a while, but it helps to be dressed for the game!!

Posted by: Freez | February 1, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirl

Just noticed that my comment that you liked made Puck Daddy funny reader comment awards.

Posted by: ranndino | February 1, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

@ jwhit1

What's up is that he's been our worst player this season. That includes every single call-up from Hershey.

Trade bait? I can't possibly see any team wanting him right now.

Sad, but true.

Posted by: ranndino | February 1, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Alex Semin "Skates like a Butterfly and Stings like a Bee" Just like a Russian Balet. Now if he can keep from making stupid mistakes

Posted by: duckyjimpond | February 2, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Thoughts from this weekend’s action:

1) OMGOMGOMFG, did you see those hideous Prison Jams MTL wore against BOS? I think they were trying to steal some of 91’s ‘mojo’ by wearing uniforms that looked like they would match his tuuk (sp?)….XD

2) The secret for 28 to reduce his PIM’s: Caшa: Переместите Ваши Проклятые Ноги! (Sasha: Move Your Damn Feet!)

3) Datsyukian: (dǎt-SŪK'-ē'-ən) (adj.) 1.) Of or pertaining to a Detroit Red Wings' forward with really, really "sick" skills. 2.) Great, but not quite Gr8 enough.

4) 52 wins Norris for ‘08/’09…Could it be?

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 2, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

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