Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Streak Snapped: Turris Scores Twice as Senators Beat Capitals 3-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Streak Snapped: Turris Scores Twice as Senators Beat Capitals 3-1

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Turris scores twice as Sens beat Caps 3-1


OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean had very few complaints Thursday night.

Kyle Turris scored twice as Ottawa beat Washington 3-1 to snap the Capitals eight-game winning streak.

"I thought this was the most complete game we've played in quite a while," MacLean said. "For the most part that was a real solid game from start to finish from all of our players."

Cory Conacher had the other goal for the Senators (23-14-6), who won their fourth straight. Craig Anderson made 18 saves to get the win.

Mike Ribeiro scored for the Capitals (24-18-2), who got 35 stops from Braden Hotlby.

While they managed to keep it close, the Capitals never managed to gain momentum.

"They played a very good game and had their speed all night," said Holtby. "You've got to give credit to them, but there's some stuff we would like to do better. Some nights you just don't come out on top."

While Anderson was rarely tested, he did make some timely saves to bail out his team out in the third.

With the Senators holding a 2-1 lead midway through the final period, Anderson made a huge save on Eric Fehr who was allowed to go in all alone.

"We did a lot of good things," said Anderson. "When all five guys are working as one unit and everyone is on the same page we're able to snuff out some of their offensive chances and turn the puck the other way. I thought it was one of our best games."

Turris then added an empty-net goal with 1:27 remaining to seal the win for Ottawa, which sits sixth in the Eastern Conference, one point back of fifth-place Toronto with a game in hand.

The Capitals, meanwhile, are first in the Southeast Division and third in the conference, but just two points up on ninth-place Winnipeg.

The Senators were anxious to make a statement against the Capitals on Thursday, who they could face in the playoffs.

"It's a potential playoff match-up and with how hot they were right now we just wanted to come out and play our game and take it to them," said Turris.

Turris opened the scoring early in the second, beating Holtby with a shot the Capitals goalie should have stopped off the rush for his 100th career point. …

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