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Gonchar's tally in OT sends Ottawa back to postseason

9:19 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Sergei Gonchar's power-play goal 47 seconds into overtime sent the Senators to the postseason as Ottawa eked out a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

The victory clinched the Senators' second straight playoff appearance as they sit in a three-way tie with the Rangers and Islanders for the last three spots in the Eastern Conference standings, though they have two games remaining while the New York teams only have one.

Ottawa welcomed back Erik Karlsson Thursday, and the reigning Norris Trophy winner assisted on both goals, including Jakob Silfverberg's tally in the second period.

Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots in the win, allowing only one goal on Alex Ovechkin's terrific backhand in the third period.

Michal Neuvirth's 39 saves went for naught, though the Southeast Division- champion Capitals are already locked in as East' No. 3 seed.

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