Final score: Capitals 0, Senators 3
How it happened: An early shorthanded goal by Chris Kelly set the tone for the entire night. Bobby Ryan would add a second tally in the first period to extend the deficit. With no real offensive pressure to speak of on the night, the wind completely came out of Washington's sails when the Senators took a 3-0 lead in the second period.
What it means: The loss snaps Washington's 14-game point streak and three-game win streak. The loss prevented the Caps from sweeping the three-game season series against the Senators (2-1-0). Washington still sits atop the NHL standings, however, with the Columbus Blue Jackets' loss earlier on Tuesday.
Ottawa goal (shorthanded): Chirs Kelly from Tom Pyatt and Fredrik Claesson at 1:46 in the 1st. A steal in the offensive zone launched Kelly and Pyatt on a two-on-one. Kelly finished off the play with a backhand shot for the goal. Caps 0, Senators 1
Ottawa goal: Bobby Ryan from Fredrik Claesson and Derick Brassard at 4:10 in the 1st. Ryan deflects a point shot from Claesson. Caps 0, Senators 2
Ottawa goal (power play): Zack Smith from Chris Wideman and Ryan Dzingel at 11:57 in the 2nd. Smith beats Grubauer with a tip-in from the high slot. Caps 0, Senators 3
1. Fredrik Claesson: Claesson forced the turnover on the penalty kill that led to Ottawa's first goal. It was also his slapshot that Ryan deflected in to give Ottawa the early 2-0 lead.
2. Daniel Winnik: One of the few bright spots of the game for Washington was Winnik who nearly scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period.
3. Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Pageau played well on the penalty kill, but made his mark in the second period by getting under Alex Ovechkin's skin. After slashing the Caps' captain, Ovechkin wrestled Pageau down to the ice. Matching minors were issued, but Pageau did his job by getting Ovechkin off the ice.
Look ahead: The Caps will head back stateside for a game in New Jersey on Thursday, their last game before the all-star break.
Tell us what you think: Alex Ovechkin ended up in the penalty box in the second period as frustrations boiled over and he grabbed Jean-Gabriel Pageau by the head. Do you like seeing the captain trying to fire up his team or does Ovechkin need to be more careful and stay out of the box?