WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senators made lousy house guests Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.
Kicking off the American Thanksgiving weekend, the Senators turned up the power after a shaky start, erased a two-goal deficit and scored their first regulation victory in this building since March 12, 2006 in dramatic fashion with a 6-4 victory over Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
Only seconds after taking bad penalty in a see-saw game, Zack Smith scored the third period winner while Chris Phillips had a two-point night, Bobby Ryan scored twice while Mika Zibanejad and Colin Greening also chipped in to help Craig Anderson get the win.
John Carlson, Brooks Laich, Marcus Johansson and Eric Fehr scored in the first period, but then Anderson and the Senators took over to score three unanswered goals. Zibanejad’s goal when Jason Spezza’s shot tipped off his leg and by Holtby at 6:05 of the third.