Turris helps Senators top Capitals, 3-1

Turris helps Senators top Capitals, 3-1
December 30, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Highlights: Senators 3, Capitals 1

Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) scores on Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre.

(Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Kyle Turris' goal helped the Ottawa Senators beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Monday night and earn their first winning streak in 51 days.

Ottawa has won three straight at home for the first time this season.

Mika Zibanejad and Clarke MacArthur, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Ottawa (17-18-7). Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots.

Joel Ward scored the lone goal for the Capitals (20-15-5), who have lost back-to-back games. Phillip Grubauer, in his fourth straight start, made 35 saves.

Ottawa took a 2-1 lead on Turris' 10th goal of the season 3:14 into the second period. He cut through the Washington defense and deked Grubauer to open up the left side of the net.

The Capitals pressed hard for the tying goal, but Anderson stopped all 14 shots he faced in the second period and 11 more in the third.

With just over two minutes remaining, Anderson made a great glove save on Eric Fehr to preserve the lead.

MacArthur made it 3-1 with 34 seconds remaining after Erik Karlsson gave him a wide open net to snap his 10-game scoring drought.

The Senators got off to a rough start in the first period as Ward opened the scoring on Washington's second shot of the game just 2:11 in. Ward's shot hit Anderson's stick and caromed into the net.

After that, Anderson played his best game of the season.

Ottawa tied it at 13:49 of the first when Zibanejad and Cory Conacher put together a great passing play. They broke in on a 2-on-1 rush, and completed a give-and-go that finished with a tap-in by Zibanejad.

Ottawa lost forward Chris Neil midway through the first period when he collided with Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Neil was sidelined by a lower-body injury.

NOTES: Ottawa C Jason Spezza and D Chris Phillips missed their second straight game because of lower-body injuries. D Eric Gryba was a healthy scratch. ... The Capitals are dealing with trade demands from a number of players, including G Michael Neuvirth, who was a healthy scratch. ... Washington C Brooks Laich missed his third straight game because of a strained groin. D Alexander Urbom was a healthy scratch.