"We had a lead, and we've led in four of the last six games, or
something like that, and we haven't been able to hold on," Halpern
said. "Once you start losing it's hard to get out of that rut, and
we're in that rut right now."
"It was a great play," Smolinski said. "I was just lucky to
get it on net."
After Alfredsson drove a slap shot through Kolzig's legs to put
Ottawa ahead, he got his second goal in a span of 5:32. He put a
wrist shot inside the right post off a faceoff in the Capitals'
zone at 10:25 to make it 3-1.
Lang scored his 20th with 2:19 remaining to draw Washington
within 3-2, but Smolinski and Neil sealed the win with empty-net
goals with just over one minute remaining.
The Capitals are 3-6-3 under coach Glen Hanlon. ...
Senators D Curtis Leschyshyn was honored for playing in his 1,000th
regular-season game Thursday. Leschyshyn, joined on the ice by his
family, was given a racing bicycle from his teammates, which he
will use to compete in a leg of the Tour de France.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Blaine Angus, Chris Lee Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 17,695 (95.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Jeff Halpern (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Bates Battaglia, Sergei Gonchar
Bryan Smolinski (8)
Assists: Jason Spezza, Wade Redden
Daniel Alfredsson (15)
(Power Play) Assist: Wade Redden
Daniel Alfredsson (16)
Assists: Curtis Leschyshyn, Todd White
Robert Lang (20)
Bryan Smolinski (9)
(Empty Net) Assists: Jason Spezza, Chris Neil