Article by Renee Garces, Photos by Brittney Marcum
The night started with the debut of the Capitals bright new third jerseys and ended with another two points on the leader board. Michael Latta, with his second goal of the season, scored at the 14:06 mark of the first period, assisted by Dmitry Orlov and Taylor Chorney.
In the second period, John Carlson, with a nice pass from Justin Williams, blasted one past Andrew Hammond, doubling the Caps lead, 2-0. Michael Latta gets a secondary assist on the play—his first two-point night since December 18, 2014 in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. Latta was a fight away from a Gordie Howe hat trick but avoided getting drawn into any scrums.
During the third period, the Caps had some good scoring chances to build their lead. The Holtbeast was solid in net, as was Hammond for the Senators.
The fourth line of Laich-Latta-Burakovsky performed well. The third line of Chimera-Beagle-Wilson had a real nice shift as well in the period. Alex Ovechkin made Erik Karlsson look silly with an almost goal.
And then it happened. Close to the end of the period, Tom Wilson has an open-ice hit on Curtis Lazar. Wilson was ejected from the game with a match penalty. There are a couple of things to consider about this penalty: Wilson did not target the head or leave his skates and Willy is a larger player than Curtis Lazar. On the following power play, Sens right wing Bobby Ryan plays shutout spoiler and puts one past Holtby. In the end—the Capitals take the win 2-1.