“It happened very quick,” Neuvirth said. “They won the faceoff and he just hit it. I’m not even really sure. I need to see the video.”
Playing without Jason Spezza because of an undisclosed upper body injury, the Senators struggled and the Capitals owned the first period.
A turnover by Guillaume Latendresse midway through the period at the Senators’ blue-line allowed Wojtek Wolski to jump on the puck and feed Brouwer, who caught Anderson moving the wrong way.
Washington then made it 2-0 as Hendricks tipped Jay Beagle’s shot home.
The Senators continued to struggle in the second and seemed incapable of breaking through the Capitals‘ forecheck as Washington pinned the home side in its own end for nearly two minutes, leading to a chorus of boos from the 19,267 on hand at Scotiabank Place.