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Capitals Again Deep-Six the Senators

Mike Green
The Capitals' Mike Green celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators during the first period of Tuesday's game. (Nick Wass - AP)

"We didn't meet their push right away," Boudreau said. "The Kozlov goal gave us such a lift because everybody wanted him to score so badly. It sort of lifted us."

Kozlov tapped in a centering pass from Nicklas Backstrom between Gerber's pads at 5:15 to cut the Capitals' deficit to 2-1. The goal was Kozlov's first since Washington's 4-1 victory in Ottawa on Nov. 8.

"Great pass from Nicklas," Kozlov said. "It's important for me to find my game and keep playing the same way."

Less than two minutes after Kozlov's strike, Michael Nylander pulled the Capitals even when he chipped a rebound over Gerber, who had lost track of the puck after an ordinary wrist shot.

Thirty-five seconds later, Green stickhandled between Alfredsson and Andrej Meszaros and flipped the puck underneath the crossbar to put Washington ahead 3-2 and end Gerber's night.

But the Capitals weren't done. Brooks Laich put them ahead 4-2 at 15:45 when his second whack at a loose puck -- from his knees -- eluded Gerber's replacement, Ray Emery.

Green's second goal came 52 seconds into the second period on a five-on-three power play and put the Capitals in control, 5-2. It was their first goal with a two-man advantage this season.

Meszaros made it a two-goal game early in the third, but Kolzig and an empty-netter by Boyd Gordon wrapped things up.

"We're starting to believe," Kolzig said. "We're a different team than we were six weeks, a month ago. But we got ourselves in such a big hole at the beginning of the season that we're slowly but surely creeping our way back into things."

Capitals Notes: Boudreau said he doesn't expect Clark to travel to Boston or Montreal this week. . . . Left wing Quintin Laing missed his first game because of a bruised leg he suffered blocking a shot on Saturday.

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