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Senators: Josh Norris scores twice in 6-1 win over Capitals

Senators: Josh Norris scores twice in 6-1 win over Capitals

In his first game since January, Josh Norris scored twice in the Ottawa Senators’ easy 6-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

During a power play in the first period, the forward completed a brilliant play set up by Drake Batherson to score his first goal since January 21. Norris was limited to eight games last season due to a shoulder injury.

The American was not satisfied. Norris took advantage of another clever pass from Batherson to beat Darcy Kuemper for the second time in the match. Thus, he achieved the eighth game with more than one goal for the Senators striker.

Artem Zub joined the game to make it 4-1 three minutes later, and Claude Giroud then added another goal to extend the Sens’ lead late midway through the second half.

Things didn’t get any better for the Capitals in the third period. Jake Sanderson had all the time in the world to beat Coimbre with a fine shot into the top of the net to give his side a five-goal lead. Tim Stützle had his third assist of the game in the sequence.

In addition to scoring the first goal of the match, Vladimir Tarasenko collected an assist. The former Blues collected at least two points in his first three matches in front of his fans in Ottawa.

Alexander Ovechkin was ruled out for his first two games of the season, and he colored the scoresheet for the first time by collecting an assist past John Karlsson. Ovehckin was unable to put a single shot on net for the second straight game. This is the longest streak of his career.

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Anton Forsberg earned his first win of the season by stopping 23 shots. After stopping 38 of 40 shots targeted at him Monday against the Flames, Kuemper made six shots for the Senators’ 29 shots.

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom played his 1,100th regular-season game in the NHL. Backstrom made his debut on October 5, 2007 against the Atlanta Thrashers. Backtrom became the second player in franchise history to reach this plateau after Ovechkin.