WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin's absence added to the Washington Capitals' offensive woes and the Ottawa Senators were only too glad to take advantage.
Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored, Craig Anderson made 34 saves and the Senators beat the Capitals 2-0 Tuesday night to hand Washington its sixth straight loss.
With NHL scoring leader Ovechkin out with an unspecified lower-body injury, Washington failed to convert on five power plays. During their six-game skid, the Capitals have scored just seven goals, three of them by Ovechkin.
"Yeah, he's absolutely a dangerous goal scorer, leading our team and leading the league in goals," Washington's Troy Brouwer said. "We'd love to have him out there, but we don't have him right now. Even when he was in the lineup the last few games we still haven't been scoring goals."
In Ovechkin's absence, some of Washington's other offensive threats were silent. Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski had one shot each. Defenseman John Carlson whiffed on a promising slap shot, fired high on another and was stymied by Anderson on a breakaway.
"Their goalie played well, but we had a lot of guys with some really good looks, good chances," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "We have to score some goals. I would say the chances were good chances tonight, and we had a lot of them. It is a matter of finishing."
It was the 12th loss in the last 15 games for the Capitals, while Ottawa improved to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games to vault Washington in the Eastern Conference standings.
Turris scored his 15th of the year with just over 7 minutes left in the second period when he converted on a rush down the right side. Spezza scored his 13th goal on a power play midway through the third period, rifling a wrist shot from the left wing that went just inside the near post and past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who finished with 24 saves in first start since Jan. 4.