Senators 5, Capitals 2

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OTTAWA – Mike Comrie scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a short-handed goal and an assist as the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Comrie, acquired in a Jan. 3 trade with Phoenix, scored a power-play goal 19:33 into the first. He added his second of the game – his fourth in four games – midway through the second to increase Ottawa’s lead to three.

Ray Emery made 28 saves and Andrej Meszaros and Peter Schaefer also scored for Ottawa, which had three four-game winning streaks prior to its current run.

The Senators moved into second place in the Northeast Division with 56 points, one ahead of Montreal. Ottawa won four straight after losing playmaker Jason Spezza to a knee injury on Dec. 21, beginning its stretch of 10 wins in 12 games (10-1-1).

Brent Johnson stopped 29 shots for the Capitals, who lost their third in a row following a three-game winning streak. Washington has dropped 10 of 14 overall.

Chris Clark scored a short-handed goal with 2.3 seconds left in the first to draw Washington to 2-1.

Capitals scoring leader Alexander Ovechkin assisted on Steve Eminger’s first goal of the season 5:35 into the third.

Alfredsson got his 32nd assist on Meszaros’ sixth goal, which opened the scoring 16:56 in.

Comrie made it 2-0 with 27 seconds remaining in the first when he put a loose puck in the crease into a wide-open net after Johnson gathered it beneath him and inadvertently pulled it between his pads and behind him.

With former Ottawa defenseman Brian Pothier in the penalty box, Clark stunned the Senators before the end of the period when he put a wrist shot past Emery into the top right corner on a 2-on-1.

Ottawa got a short-handed goal 9:14 into the second as Alfredsson restored the Senators’ two-goal lead with his 16th after the puck bounced to him in front of the net off the boards behind Johnson.

Comrie’s second of the game at 10:21 made it 4-1.

Schaefer scored his eighth 13:36 into the third after Eminger had cut the lead to 4-2 with his first goal since April 18.

Notes: Capitals D Mike Green went to the dressing room after he was struck by Christoph Schubert’s shot in the first. Green returned later in the period, then left after his second shift in the second and didn’t return. … Ovechkin had five shots overall, including four of Washington’s 10 in the second period. … Comrie has 11 goals and 16 assists in 31 games overall this season, including four goals and three assists in seven games with Ottawa.

AP-ES-01-16-07 2221EST

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