Ottawa Senators v Washington Capitals

Senators come back to hand Capitals their fourth straight loss


Consider it two points thrown away by the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

The Capitals scored three times in the opening period, forging a two-goal lead over the Ottawa Senators, but ended up losing 6-4 on home ice.

Zack Smith gave the Senators their second lead of the night – both came in the third period – on a goal Capitals puck stopper Braden Holtby would like to have back.

Smith broke into the Washington zone down the left side and managed to get his quick wrist shot through Holtby, who allowed five goals on 40 shots.

The Smith winner also came just 2:23 remaining in regulation time and one minute and four seconds after the Capitals tied the game at four goals apiece on a power play blast from John Carlson.

Just so happened that on Washington’s third-period tying goal, Smith was in the penalty box for kneeing Carlson. Funny world.

The Capitals, given the result, won’t think it’s so funny. Their night came unraveled after the opening period. Ottawa got five goals in the final 40 minutes.

For the Senators, it was just their second win in the last six games. They host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Capitals have now lost four straight, including a shootout defeat to Toronto last Saturday.

Silfverberg is set to practice again after Torres hit

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Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.

The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.

The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:

That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.

Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:

Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.

Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker