Caps do little right in 11-5 icing

Kolzig chased from goal by Ottawa after 1 period


November 14, 2001|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - A hat trick in the NHL is to be celebrated, but last night when Daniel Alfredsson completed the triple 25 seconds into the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a six-goal lead, he didn't jump for joy or even raise his stick. Instead, the Senators' captain skated quietly to the team's bench.

"I didn't want to celebrate it," said Alfredsson. "We've had tough games in Ottawa against the Capitals. We've played games there where Peter Bondra has scored five goals against us. We know exactly how this feels.

"We've been where they are tonight. There are times when you have to pay some respect to your opponent."

The Senators could afford to show respect as they skated unencumbered by human interference to a franchise goal-scoring record and swept away the Washington Capitals, 11-5, behind Alfredsson, Marian Hossa (two goals, three assists), Shawn McEachern (two goals, one assist) and Karel Rachunek (four assists).

Ottawa's 11 goals tied a Washington record for goals-allowed on home ice, a mark previously set three times.

"If we sit here and mope and let it destroy us, the season might as well be over," said Caps goalie Olie Kolzig, who gave up five goals on 12 shots in the first period and took a seat on the bench. "Take this game and throw it in the trash."

Kolzig had two periods to ruminate, while backup Craig Billington faced the whirling dervish that was Ottawa and got tagged with the loss, as six more goals got past him on 20 shots.

"We all need to look in the mirror, determine what we need to do to be part of the solution and then go out and work it," said Billington. "Before we can even start thinking about points [in the Southeast Division, where they are 10 points behind Carolina], we have to get connected to our game and to each other."

It was the Capitals' seventh loss in eight games and might have left the crowd of 15,023 at MCI Center wondering if Washington's entire defense had gone on the injury list with defensive leader Calle Johansson, who is out for the season following rotator cuff surgery Monday.

The Caps were playing without three of their regular defensemen (Ken Klee [ribs], Brendan Witt [family funeral] and Johansson).

"For large parts of the game, we didn't look like we knew what we were doing in our own end," Wilson said. "Blame me ... Our forwards didn't play our system. We're so worried about scoring goals, we're not protecting our own end. You just can't swing, thinking only about scoring at the other end. You don't want to embarrass your defensemen, your young defensemen, your goalie."

The return of Jaromir Jagr (one assist), after missing four games with a knee injury, was nearly lost in the defensive disarray, as was rookie Matt Pettinger's first NHL goal.

Now the Capitals (6-10-1) face the unenviable task of going to Philadelphia tomorrow to face the Flyers. In two games against them this season, the Caps already have been manhandled, 6-3 and 3-0.

"Eleven goals," said Ottawa's Hossa. "I don't think even when I was playing in Slovakia did I play on a team that scored 11 goals. But, next time, it could happen to us."

Ottawa 5 3 3 - 11

Washington 1 2 2 - 5

First period - 1, Ottawa, McEachern 4 (Hossa, Chara), 1:19. 2, Ottawa, Hossa 6 (Bonk, Alfredsson), 3:53 (pp). 3, Ottawa, Hossa 7 (McEachern, Rachunek), 7:07. 4, Washington, Gonchar 5 (Reekie, Halpern), 8:53. 5, Ottawa, Alfredsson 7 (Redden, Chara), 18:22 (sh). 6, Ottawa, Bonk 4 (Rachunek, Hossa), 19:11.

Penalties - Simon, Was (elbowing), 2:49; Chara, Ott, major (fighting), 10:49; Simon, Was, major (fighting), 10:49; Roy, Ott, double minor (high-sticking, slashing), 14:48.

Second period - 7, Washington, Gonchar 6 (Oates), 2:42. 8, Ottawa, Alfredsson 8 (Arvedson), 3:05. 9, Washington, Simon 2 (Corrinet), 4:35. 10, Ottawa, McEachern 5 (Hossa, Bonk), 5;31. 11, Ottawa, White 8 (Rachunek, Arvedson), 11:20. Penalties - Simon, Was, major (fighting), 4:35; Neil, Ott, major (fighting), 4:35; Chara, Ott (holding), 6:09; Zettler, Was, major (fighting), 13:35; Fisher, Ott, major (fighting), 13:35.

Third period - 12, Ottawa, Alfredsson 9 (Rachunek), :25. 13, Washington, Pettinger 1 (Zubris, Gonchar), 6:59. 14, Ottawa, Neil 2 (Havlat), 9:06. 15, Washington, Cote 2 (Nikolishin, Jagr), 16:37. 16, Ottawa, Havlat 7 (Alfredsson), 16:54. Penalties - Bondra, Was (interference), 1:55; Neil, Ott, double minor (roughing), 17:20; Corrinet, Was (roughing), 17:20; Muckalt, Ott, major (fighting), 18:48; Zettler, Was, major (fighting), 18:48.

Shots on goal - Ottawa 14-12-8-34. Washington 12-12-8-32. Power-play opportunities - Ottawa 1 of 2; Washington 0 of 4. Goalies - Ottawa, Hurme 5-2-0 (32 shots-27 saves). Washington, Kolzig (14-9), Billington 0-2-1 (0:00 second, 20-14). A - 15,023 (18,672).

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