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Michalek, Sens beat Ovechkin-less Caps

Feb 23, 2012 - 5:15 AM
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Milan Michalek tallied twice to lead Ottawa past Washington, 5-2, at Scotiabank Place.

Erik Karlsson picked up a goal and two assists for the Senators, who have won four in a row and five of their last six.

Chris Phillips and Nick Foligno also found the net to back a 33-save performance from Craig Anderson.

"The better the guys play in front of me, the better everything looks," said Anderson. "It's a team game and everything revolves around what the five guys are doing collectively on the ice at one time."

John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Capitals, who have dropped three in a row and six of seven. Alex Ovechkin did not play due to a lower- body injury suffered Monday at Carolina and is listed as day-to-day.

Tomas Vokoun was removed after allowing four goals on 11 shots in 32-plus minutes. Michal Neuvirth finished up by stopping all 14 shots he faced.

"Tonight we played a good, solid road game and we lose," Capitals head coach Dale Hunter said. "Goaltending is a big part of the game and we need good goaltending."

Despite a four-goal hole heading into the final 20 minutes, the visitors awoke when Carlson fired a shot past Anderson off a Semin dish at the 2:19 mark. Perreault then brought the Caps within 4-2 just seconds before the midway point.

Washington put an extra attacker on with 1:42 remaining, and Foligno hit the empty net less than 30 seconds later.

Karlsson put the Sens on the board just prior to the midway point of the first period on a wrister from the bottom of the right circle.

Michalek doubled the advantage with 5:47 to go, moving around Caps defenseman Dennis Wideman in the right circle and sliding a shot inside the near post.

Michalek added another score on a power play at 3:37 of the second period, and Philips struck at 12:08 on the advantage for a four-goal margin.

Game Notes

Michalek notched his sixth multi-goal effort this season and first since January 10 at Pittsburgh...Foligno snapped a 19-game goal drought which stretched back to January 8 against Philadelphia...Karlsson has totaled 12 points (5G, 7A) over a five-game scoring streak..Carlson picked up his first goal since February 12...Washington took three of four in the season series.