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“I got a little rushed with the pressure on me,” said Holtby. “I had to make a blind pass and didn’t execute it.”

The Senators did a good job limiting Alex Ovechkin’s opportunities, holding the Russian star to only four shots. Ovechkin admitted the Capitals seemed to lack emotion and never really took control of the game.

“We didn’t make a lot of shots on them and we didn’t have a very good start,” he said. “(Holtby) played well, but you know.”

The Senators have won eight of their past ten at home against the Capitals, including a 3-2 victory Jan. 29 in the first of three scheduled meetings between the teams this season. The series finale is in Washington on April 25.

Nicklas Backstrom left midway through the third after being hit in the left arm by a slap shot let loose by Green.

“It caught him in the arm,” said Green. “He’s alright, but I definitely gave him a bruise so I hope everything’s OK.”

Capitals coach Adam Oates said Backstrom would be re-evaluated in Montreal on Friday.