Turris helps Senators post winning streak

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013
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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators are already enjoying a long-awaited winning streak.

Kyle Turris' goal helped the Senators beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Monday night and earn their first winning streak in 51 days.

Ottawa has won three straight at home for the first time this season.

"It feels really good I think," said defenseman Erik Karlsson, who was on the ice for nearly 30 minutes. "We really wanted to win this game, and they came out pretty hard in the first.

"I think we stuck to it and we were confident that if we just did the things we needed to do we would come out successful."

The Senators again gave up the first goal, but a couple of highlight-reel goals and strong goaltending was enough to earn the victory.

Craig Anderson, who is riding a three-game winning streak, made 34 saves.

"We battled all night," he said. "We made some mistakes, but it's what happened after that. We battled hard; we back-checked hard, we found ways to keep guys from getting to the net. That's the difference in the game.

"I liked our fight and I liked our work ethic. That went a long way to getting us two points."

Mika Zibanejad and Clarke MacArthur, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Ottawa (17-18-7).

Joel Ward scored the lone goal for the Capitals (20-15-5), who have lost back-to-back games. Phillip Grubauer, in his fourth straight start, made 35 saves.

Ottawa took a 2-1 lead on Turris' 10th goal of the season 3:14 into the second period. He cut through the Washington defense and deked Grubauer to open up the left side of the net.

"I knew I got hooked, but I think it helped me fake the goalie out," Turris said. "I don't think (Grubauer) thought I would be able to get it to my forehand so it kind of faked him at the same time delaying it."

The Capitals pressed hard for the tying goal, but Anderson stopped all 14 shots he faced in the second period and 11 more in the third.

With just over two minutes remaining, Anderson made a great glove save on Eric Fehr to preserve the lead.

"We had great chances to score goals, but we didn't," said Washington's Alex Ovechkin, who is pointless in four games. "We hit crossbars, posts and he makes a good save. Of course when you make a goalie hot he's going to play hot."

MacArthur made it 3-1 with 34 seconds remaining after Karlsson gave him a wide-open net to snap his 10-game scoring drought.

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