Wave the white towel

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

WASHINGTON -- As the goals and the penalties mounted in the third period, Senators winger Peter Schaefer placed a white towel on his stick and waved it.

No wonder he was ready to surrender. On a night the Senators were trying to extend their four-game winning streak and pick up their 10th victory in 12 games, they were blasted 6-2 by the Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Only Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher scored for Ottawa while injured captain Daniel Alfredsson -- who has 42 career points in 37 games against the Capitals -- watched from the sidelines as Washington poured it on during a parade to the penalty box by the Senators in the third period.

Schaefer made his gesture after Dean McAmmond was sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct midway through the period.

After Spezza's goal early in the third moved Ottawa to within a goal, Alex Semin, Matt Pettinger and Brooks Laich widened the margin.

A two-goal effort by Caps' captain Chris Clark along with three assists from Alexander Ovechkin gave Washington its second straight victory over the Senators this season. Ottawa dropped a 4-3 overtime decision after blowing a 3-0 lead here Nov. 6.

On this night, the Capitals controlled the play from the time the puck was dropped. They had seven power plays.

Fisher scored his seventh goal on the power play at 8:15 of the second to cut the Caps lead to 2-1.

Goalie Olaf Kolzig, who was chased in the first period the last time he faced the Senators, was solid this time.

Clark scored his second goal of the night at 13:54 of the second period to give the Caps a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

It was a giveaway by Antoine Vermette that allowed the Caps to open the scoring at 15:30 of the first. All Stittsville native Matt Bradley, who scored his first goal since Oct. 25, had to do was pick up a loose puck at the top of the circle and fire it home top shelf.

Senators coach Bryan Murray said Ovechkin was offside so Bradley's goal shouldn't have counted. Murray also said there should have been an icing call before Clark's second goal.

"It was a frustrating game to play," said Murray. "We didn't play very well in the first and then we started to play well and we ran into penalty trouble.

"You're not supposed to say anything, but on the first goal Ovechkin is offside and third goal was an icing and (Anton) Volchenkov touched the puck."

There was some good news for the Senators in a first period they'd rather forget.

Brian McGrattan, who was turned down as a dance partner by Donald Brashear, landed a couple of devastating shots to the head in a decisive win over John Erskine.

Called up with Alfredsson out indefinitely, Danny Bois saw time on the power play and fought Brashear. There weren't many punches thrown, but Bois held his own against one of the NHL's most rugged players.

The Senators return home to host the Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m.

"We didn't play the way we're capable of playing and it cost us," said Fisher. "The second period, we played all right, but we really weren't able to get much going and in the third it was tough to get any flow because of the penalties."

"You can't take anything away from them because they won the game, but it was frustrating," said Schaefer.


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