Senators surrender three third period goals in loss against Capitals

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the Ottawa Senators who have now lost eight of their past nine games. Ottawa, who sit 11 points out of a playoff spot, had a disasterous third period on Sunday night in giving up three unanswered goals to the Washington Capitals, who went on to a 3-1 victory. “It has been the same thing for so many of our losses–we’ve played well, we just can’t score on any of our chances,” said Ottawa coach, Cory Clouston. “We just couldn’t extend the lead, and that was the difference.” Mike Fisher gave Ottawa a huge surge of confidence by scoring the opening goal less that two minutes in. For the first two periods Washington, who came into play on a three game losing streak, only registered 17 shots as they entered the third period, still trailing by one goal. “They executed better,” said Washington coach, Bruce Boudreau. Ottawa was tremendous after two periods in hardly not allowing anything. You keep doing the same thing over and over and eventually, we broke through.” That breakthrough occurred starting at the 7:15 mark when the Caps scored two goals in a 45 second span. The first came from veteran forward, Brooks Laich, followed by John Carlson. Approximately six minutes later Washington fans were breathing a little easier as Jason Chimera scored the insurance marker. “This year, it seems like we are going to the 30-40 minute mark before we score,” said Laich, whose Capitals are now tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for first in the Southwest Division. “Tonight it’s even further, but once we got one, the crowd gets into it, and the guys start rolling and (Carlson) makes a great shot, and (Chimera) makes a great shot and we end up with a 3-1 win.” Once again Capitals’ goalie, Michal Neuvirth, was stellar against Ottawa as he stopped 22 shots and improved to 3-0-0 against Ottawa this season.

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