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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 AM 北京时间5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET, December 30, 2013
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario  Attendance: 20,193

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Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators

  1. With a 6-4 victory over Washington on November 27, the Senators extended their winning streak in the series to five games. That's one shy of Ottawa's longest streak ever versus the Capitals (six between 11/27/1996 and 12/27/1997).
  2. The Capitals suffered a 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo on Sunday. Washington lost despite outshooting the Sabres, 50-17. It was the largest shot advantage by any team since Pittsburgh held a 52-18 edge over Carolina on December 27, 2011.
  3. The Senators have fired at least 25 shots on goal in each of their last 23 games, the longest active streak in the league. It's the fourth-longest streak in franchise history, one shy of the team's third-longest stretch (24 in 2005).
  4. Alex Ovechkin has totaled 19 goals in 30 career games versus Ottawa, the highest rate (0.63 per game) by any active skater against the Senators (minimum 10 games).
  5. Troy Brouwer scored Washington's only goal on Sunday. He now has seven points over his last six games. He's also won 69.5 percent (41/59) of faceoffs in December, after winning only 46.7 percent of draws through the end of November.
  6. Rookie defenseman Cody Ceci, the Senators' 15th overall selection in the 2012 draft, recorded his first multi-point game in the NHL with a pair of assists on Saturday. He also posted a +3 rating in his ninth career game.

(AP) -- Alex Ovechkin has gone three straight games without a goal for the first time and ending that mini-slump could be difficult in his next game.

Ovechkin hasn't scored often in recent trips to the Canadian Tire Centre, and his Washington Capitals have lost their last five meetings with the Ottawa Senators heading into this one Monday night.

Washington (20-14-5) was victimized by a terrific performance by Ryan Miller in Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss in Buffalo. The Capitals outshot the Sabres 50-17 but Miller came up with 49 saves - including all 12 on Ovechkin.

"'We made the right decisions with the puck, and the power play was working today, but we didn't score," said Ovechkin, whose shot total was a season high. "(Miller) was on top of his game and he carried them into the shootout and onto victory."

Ovechkin's league-high goal total remains stuck on 30 and history says that getting to 31 could be difficult.

He has scored once in eight games at Ottawa over the previous five seasons for his worst output in an Eastern Conference city.

If Ottawa (16-18-7) starts Craig Anderson, it figures to add to the challenge.

Anderson is 9-2-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average over his last 12 starts against the Capitals, with victories in the last five. Ovechkin has played in nine of those games, scoring three times.

The Senators won 6-4 at Washington on Nov. 27 in the lone 2013-14 meeting. Bobby Ryan scored twice and Anderson made 29 saves.

Ottawa is unsure of the statuses of captain Jason Spezza and defenseman Chris Phillips, who both sat out Saturday's 4-3 home win over Boston with lower-body injuries.

Ryan scored the winning goal with 4:35 remaining as the Senators avenged a 5-0 loss in Boston the night before.

"Hopefully this is a building block," Ryan said. "We got points at home and we got a good team here coming in to close out the homestand here Monday night so it's going to be a big one."

Now Ottawa is seeking consecutive wins for the first time since a season-best three-game run Nov. 5-9.

"There's still things that we can do better in our game and do more consistently in our game and we have to be here to do it because we have another difficult game coming up here on Monday," coach Paul MacLean said.

Washington fell out of the top spot in the league on the power play by failing on both chances Sunday to drop to 25.5 percent. Troy Brouwer had its lone goal.

"I can't really complain on the night," coach Adam Oates said. "We had 15 shots in every period, we did a lot of good things, yeah there's always mistakes, but we played a pretty solid game. Obviously, you want to win but I'm not disappointed in the game."

These teams spent plenty of time in the penalty box in the first meeting. Washington was 2 for 4 on the power play and Ottawa converted a season-high three times in six chances.

Updated December 29, 2013

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