March 26, 2011- When the news came that Alexander Ovechkin was unable to join the Washington Capitals on their road trip this weekend through Montreal and Ottawa, the writing was on the wall that this was going to be a tough two game stretch for the Caps. What wasn’t expecting was the Capitals to get trounced by one of the worst teams in the league against the Senators in Ottawa. Unfortunately for Washington, in addition to the loss, they got shutout as well, 2-0.
The Ottawa goal scorers were Colin Greening and Erik Condra to give the Senators all the offensive power they needed last night to dispatch the Capitals. Washington failed to take use of the opportunity that the Philadelphia Flyers gave them when they were defeated on Thursday to claw their way back to the top position in the Eastern Conference. Making things a lot more interesting was the Pittsburgh Penguin’s shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday putting the Pens in a tie with total points with Washington. Fortunately for the Capitals, they continue to have top spot in their division, but if the Penguins continue to dominate, Washington will be forced to compete with them for the number one spot in the Eastern Division title.