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Capitals come from behind as Sens rue missed chances

Defenseman Taylor Chorney scored his first goal of the season early in the third period and the Washington Capitals held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Sunday night.

Holtby saves 23, while Chorney scores game-winner

Capitals beat Senators 2-1

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Defenceman Taylor Chorney broke a tie early in the third period with his first goal of the season and the Washington Capitals held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Sunday night. 0:25

Instead of high-powered forwards Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson, two defencemen who rarely score came with big goals in the Washington Capitals' 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Taylor Chorney broke a tie early in the third period with his first goal of the season, beating goalie Mike Condon through a screen. Chorney has three goals in 130 NHL games in parts of seven seasons.

As Chorney was taking the ice for the third period, he turned to fellow defenceman Karl Alzner, who tied the game with 20 seconds left in the second period, and jokingly said he would get a vital goal.

"I wasn't expecting to go out there and score, but I did. When we walked out, I said, 'It would be nice to get the first of the year on a game-winner.' It worked out," Chorney said.

Two of his three NHL goals have been winners. His first came on Feb. 15, 2011, when he was playing for Edmonton.

"Up here, you just try and go out and be reliable and if you get a chance to just score a few goals, you take them," Chorney said.

'It's special for everyone'

Chorney has played well in his rare appearances with the Capitals. Since his Nov. 11 recall from Hershey of the AHL, he's appeared in seven games, and Washington is 6-0-1, and his coach was appreciative.

"Guys were cheering. We're all happy for him," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "There are certain things guys doing really well. Scoring for Taylor is probably not one of them, and when he does get one it's special for everyone."

Alzner has been impressed with Chorney. The 29-year-old scored one goal with the Capitals in 55 games last season.

"He's unique. It's a super hard position to be in, the one that he's in right now. He doesn't get to play a whole lot. Every game he's played, he's been not just good. He's been great," Alzner said.

Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots for Washington

Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa at 12:41 of the second period to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. Heading into a five-day break, the Senators have lost three straight for the first time this season.

Sens have plenty to mull over 

"I can't go sit on a beach somewhere and be content with this, so I'm going to go back to Ottawa and get on the ice and work," Condon said.

The most unsettling time for Washington came midway through the third period when centre Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenceman Brooks Orpik were called for penalties. But, the Capitals survived the two-man deficit. Washington has not surrendered a power-play goal in the past seven games — 28 power plays in all.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher doesn't like heading into a long break with three straight losses. It's the defenceman scoring that irked him.

"Those two goals are goals that we gave away. When it's one, you might get away with it, when it's two, it comes back to haunt you," Boucher said.

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