Craig Anderson stops 34 shots as Senators down Capitals

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Craig Anderson recorded 34 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Monday at Canadian Tire Centre.

Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur scored for the Senators (17-18-7), who won a second straight game for the first time in seven weeks.

Fresh from a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, the Senators won consecutive games for just the third time this season.

Ottawa’s last winning streak was a season-high three-game run from November 5-9. The Senators had failed to win the next game following a victory eight times in a row prior to Monday.

Joel Ward scored his 12th goal while goalie Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves in his fourth straight start as the Capitals (20-15-5) lost their second straight game.

Ward put Washington ahead 2:11 into the game but Zibanejad drew Ottawa even at 13:49 of the first period with his first goal in 13 games.

Behind Bobby Ryan’s 18th assist of the season, Turris scored his third goal in the past five games at 3:14 of the second to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.

MacArthur scored into an empty net with 35 seconds remaining for the Senators, who lost right wing Chris Neil midway through the first period due to injury.

Neil left the game after colliding with Alex Ovechkin midway through the first period. Neil, who was favoring his left leg as he skated off the ice, sustained a lower-body injury and did not return.

Neil, who leads Ottawa with 99 penalty minutes, has five goals and one assist in 42 games.

Ottawa wraps up its three-game homestand Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets. Washington returns home from its 0-1-1 road trip to face the Carolina Hurricanes on the same day.

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