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Johnson makes 46 saves as Caps stop Sens

OTTAWA (AP) -- Brent Johnson has made up for his lack of playing
time this season by facing at least 40 shots in each of his last
four starts.

Johnson made 46 saves, including 16 in the third period, and
Dainius Zubrus scored the only goal as the Washington Capitals
defeated the Ottawa Senators 1-0 Saturday night.

Over his last four games, Johnson has stopped 167 of 176 shots --
including a career-high 49 saves in a 5-1 win at Carolina on
Wednesday.

"It's definitely nice and I definitely wanted to be like this
from the start of the year," he said. "Playing a little bit more
is helping and I just want to come in here and play my best when
they need me."

Johnson recorded the Capitals' first shutout of the season and
the 13th of his career as he frustrated Ottawa shooters, especially
in the third period.

"Definitely one of my best shutouts ever," Johnson said. "Not
including playoffs, this is right up there."

Senators goalie Ray Emery, coming off an NHL record-tying 12
wins in March, made 31 saves.

"It's bound to happen that you're going to run into a hot
goaltender every once in a while, but that doesn't make it less
frustrating," Emery said. "You'd like to think that you can will
one in there or just bang and crash or find something.

"Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other guy. He
was spectacular. We were battling and it was tied most of the game,
but special teams will bite you in the butt sometimes. We battled
hard in the third period but couldn't beat him."

Zubrus scored the only goal of the game after he put a backhand
behind Emery with 53 seconds left in the second period. With the
Capitals on a power play, rookie Alexander Ovechkin took a shot
from just inside the point which Emery stopped, but Zubrus pounced
on the rebound.

The Senators had chances up to that point, sending 30 shots at
Johnson through 40 minutes. Their best chance to score came on a
50-second 5-on-3 advantage in the second period, when Daniel
Alfredsson hit the goal post with a shot from the point.

Earlier in the period, Dany Heatley hit a shot off the crossbar
and was stopped twice on one-timers.

"It's one of those nights where you just walk away and shake
your head," Senators coach Brian Murray said.

Ovechkin picked up an assist on the Zubrus goal and now has 95
points on the year, 12 better than Sydney Crosby.

"We have nine games more, we have to try to win five or six,"
Ovechkin said. "We don't have any pressure right now and we're
enjoying ourselves."

The Senators (49-17-8) missed an opportunity to move five points
up on Carolina for first overall in the Eastern Conference. The
Hurricanes lost 5-2 at Atlanta.

Game notes
Emery finished March with a 12-2-2 mark and tied Bernie
Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers, who had 12 wins in the month in
1974. ... Ovechkin, who has 48 goals, was scoreless on six shots.