The Ottawa Senators have proven they can score. They showed in their last outing they can score quickly, too.
Ottawa looks for its seventh win in eight contests when it concludes a five-game road trip with a matchup against the Washington Capitals.
The Senators, whose 245 goals and 3.95 per game leads the NHL, scored three times on their first four shots in the opening 5:02 en route to a 3-1 win at Atlanta on Friday night.
“We controlled the puck pretty well,” said Daniel Alfredsson, who started the opening run at the 1:43 mark. “We got off to a good start, and obviously that gave us the win. It put them back on their heels. That allowed us to play a lot smarter.”
The Senators also held Atlanta to just 17 shots to help goaltender Ray Emery win for the sixth time in his last seven starts. Emery has become the starter since Dominik Hasek injured his groin while playing for the Czech Republic in the Olympics.
Ottawa got back on track Friday after having a five-game winning streak snapped with a 6-2 loss to Florida on Wednesday.
“We wanted to forget that,” forward Dany Heatley said. “We have been able to forget (the losses). We’re going to drop a game now and then.”
Washington had a two-game win streak snapped and rookie Alexander Ovechkin had his run of scoring a goal in seven straight contests end with a 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey on Friday. Ovechkin also missed his attempt in the shootout.
The Capitals took a 2-0 lead just eight minutes in on goals by Matt Pettinger and Bryan Muir, but allowed the Devils to score three unanswered goals before Dainius Zubrus sent the game into overtime when he scored at 19:26 of the third period.
“We need to be able to put a team away,” said Capitals center Jeff Halpern, who recorded his 200th career point. “We weren’t able to do that.”
Ottawa has outscored Washington 30-8 in recording six wins and a tie in the last seven meetings.