Washington, DC, United States (AHN Sports) – Defenseman John Carlson netted a goal and dished out two crucial assists, igniting the Washington Capitals to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators Wednesday at Scotiabank Place.
With his team trailing by a goal at the end of the second period, Carlson orchestrated two crucial plays before sealing the deal with a goal to cap a pivotal four-goal onslaught by the Capitals in the final period.
Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, and Troy Brouwer all scored in the Caps’ third period run, while Jeff Halpern came through with the first tally of the match.
Right Wing Eric Condra and left wing Nick Foligno chipped in a goal each to briefly put the Senators ahead in the second period.
Caps goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots for his 10th victory of the season, while Senators goalie Craig Anderson saved 39 but suffered the loss.
The Capitals (14-12-1, 29 points), who dominated the Senators in total shots taken (44-34) and faceoff duels (41-31), gained only their second win in seven games, putting them five points behind Southwest Division leader Florida Panthers (15-8-4, 34 points).
The Senators (13-12-3, 29 points) suffered their third loss in four games, dropping to fourth in the Northeast Division standings behind Buffalo, Toronto, and Boston.