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Turris has winner as Senators down Capitals 3-1; Ottawa wins third in a row

December 30, 2013 - 7:15 PM

OTTAWA - Kyle Turris scored a highlight-reel goal to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

The win gave the Senators their first winning streak in 51 days and first three-game winning streak at the Canadian Tire Centre this season.

Mika Zibanejad and Clarke MacArthur, with an empty net goal, also scored for Ottawa (17-18-7), as Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots.

Joel Ward scored the lone goal for the Capitals (20-15-5), who have now lost back-to-back games. Phillip Grubauer, making his fourth straight start, faced 38 shots.

Ottawa took a 2-1 lead on Turris' tenth of the season after he cut through the Washington defence and deked Grubauer for a wide open left side, leaving the 20,193 on hand speechless.

While the Capitals did all they could to tie things up Anderson was solid stopping all 14 shots he faced in the second.

Ottawa held on to its 2-1 lead with solid play in the third period. With just over two minutes remaining Anderson made a great glove save on Eric Fehr to preserve the lead.

MacArthur added an empty-net goal with 34 seconds remaining after Erik Karlsson gave him the wide open net to put an end to a 10-game scoring drought.

The Senators got off to a rough start in the first period as Ward opened the scoring on Washington's second shot of the game 2:11 into the game. Ward put a shot on net and unfortunately for Anderson the puck went off his stick and in.

It was the only downside to an otherwise outstanding performance by Anderson who easily played his best game of the season.

Ottawa tied the game 1-1 at the 13-minute mark of the first as Zibanejad and Cory Conacher put together a great passing play. The two broke in on a 2-on-1 and had a give-and-go before Zibanejad had the easy tap in.

The one downside to the game was the fact the Senators lost Chris Neil midway through the first after a collision with Alexander Ovechkin. The play looked innocent enough, but left Neil with a lower body injury.

Notes: C Jason Spezza and D Chris Phillips missed a second straight game with a lower body injury. D Eric Gryba was a healthy scratch for the Senators. … The Capitals continue to deal with trade demands from a number of players, including goalie Michael Neuvirth who was a healthy scratch. C Brooks Laich missed his third straight game with a strained groin. D Alexander Urbom was a healthy scratch.

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