Oshie’s hat trick puts Capitals over Senators, 7-5


OTTAWA, Ont. (AP) – TJ Oshie scored his fifth career hat trick as the Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 7-5 on Monday night.

Alex Ovechkin extended his points streak to six games with his sixth and seventh goals of the season for Washington. Nick Jensen and John Carlson also scored as Ilya Samsonov made 32 saves for the win.

“It was a fun game for the fans,” Ovechkin said. “Lots of goals, lots of action. We’re going to take the colon and move on.

Drake Batherson led the way in Ottawa with his first career hat trick, while Chris Tierney and Josh Norris also scored.


Anton Forsberg started the game for Ottawa but was pulled out after allowing four goals on 16 shots. Filip Gustavsson arrived late in the first period and ended the game allowing three goals on 15 shots.

Senators head coach DJ Smith was encouraged by Ottawa’s second period, but disappointed his team were unable to turn that momentum into a victory.

“When you do 4-4 you have to get the upper hand,” Smith said. “We made some really bad games. I think they scored three or four goals in our face-off wins and we just didn’t execute. … and when you have guys like Ovechkin and Oshie and these guys that can score, you can’t make those mistakes if you want to beat them.

Down 6-4 early in the third, Batherson scored with his third of the night in the sixth minute, but Ovechkin regained the two-goal cushion with his second of the game midway through the period.

Trailing 4-1, the Senators came back strong to equalize, only to give up two late goals and lead 6-4 after 40 minutes.

Norris started the rally by beating Samsonov from the right face-off circle. Tierney made it 4-3 with a power play goal midway through the period. Soon after, Batherson showed patience as he pulled Samsonov out of position to score the equalizer for his second of the night.

“Obviously the more time you spend around you the more comfortable you are and it was just instinct,” Batherson said of his second goal. “Honestly you know I didn’t really think I just did what I did there and I was lucky it went in there so I’m gonna take it… the more you’re there , the more you trust I have what I find, so I hope this continues.

The night was made all the more special as Batherson’s father was present, who lost his hat, along with family and friends.

Ovechkin regained the advantage by blocking a Nikita Zaitsev point shot and entering alone, beating Gustavsson in the legs. With just 7.3 seconds left in the period, Oshie scored his third of the night.

“I thought he was really good tonight,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said of Oshie. “He worked really hard. He returned a lot of pucks. I thought his line was good. But you might notice, Oshie was moving and making a difference just by failing forward and turning things around.

The Senators got the start they were looking for in the first period, but things quickly deteriorated.

Batherson opened the scoring by beating Samsonov from outside the right face-off circle. But the Capitals went on to score four straight goals in the span of about nine minutes.

Oshie took advantage of Josh Brown’s poor defensive coverage to score the first two goals. Jensen made it 3-1 and Carlson ended Forsberg’s night with a left circle shot.

It was the Capitals’ first road game against a Canadian team since February 27, 2020.

NOTES: Ottawa G Matt Murray was sidelined after taking a knee to the head on Saturday against New York, while D Michael Del Zotto was a healthy zero. … Injured Austin Watson has returned to skating, which is good news for the Senators. … Washington rookie Hendrix Lapierre was thrilled to have the opportunity to play close to home. The 19-year-old grew up in nearby Gatineau, Que., About 40 minutes from the Ottawa arena and did a solo lap during the warm-up.

FOLLOWING

Capitals: Host Detroit Wednesday.

Senators: In Dallas on Friday.

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