Sens aim to build momentum vs. Caps

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Updated: December 30, 2013

(SportsNetwork.com) – The Ottawa Senators take aim at their first winning
streak in nearly two months as they play host on Monday night to the
Washington Capitals.

The Sens picked up just their second victory in six games on Saturday, besting
the visiting Boston Bruins by a 4-3 margin to split a home-and-home set.
Ottawa was pounded 5-0 in Boston on Friday.

Bobby Ryan scored the go-ahead goal for the Sens, finishing off a breakaway
with 4:35 to play on a backhander under the crossbar. It came not too long
after the Bruins had a potential go-ahead goal waved off when it was ruled
Jarome Iginla had intentionally kicked the puck into the net.

“There weren’t that many chances in the third,” said Ryan. “Truthfully I was
just hoping that was going to be the game-winner.”

Zack Smith, Patrick Wiercioch and Cory Conacher also tallied for the Senators,
who got 29 saves from Craig Anderson.

Ottawa played without forward Jason Spezza (lower body) and defenseman Chris
Phillips (foot) and both are day-to-day.

The Sens hope to cap December by winning two straight for the first time since
a three-game win streak from Nov. 5-9. They can do so by claiming a sixth
straight victory over the Capitals.

Ottawa notched a 6-4 win at Washington on Nov. 27 in the first of three
meetings this season. Ryan scored twice and Anderson made 29 saves as the Caps
failed to hold a 3-1 first-period lead.

The Sens have won three straight and eight of their past 10 at home versus the
Capitals.

Washington will play on the road for a second straight night after dropping a
2-1 shootout decision to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Troy Brouwer had a goal
for the Capitals, but the Sabres’ Ryan Miller stopped all six skaters he faced
in regulation.

Philipp Grubauer, meanwhile, made 16 saves through overtime and turned aside
the first five he faced in the tiebreaker before Buffalo’s Steve Ott blasted a
shot over his right shoulder.

Washington fell to 1-1-2 in its last four games despite outshooting Buffalo
50-17.

“Miller was playing well and we feel like we deserved to win tonight but you
encounter some games that just don’t go your way, ” said Brouwer.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin finished with a season-high 12 shots, but has gone
without a goal in three straight for the first time this season.