OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators are expected to start Craig Anderson in goal when they host the Washington Capitals on Saturday [url=]Tuukka Rask Jersey[/url] , their last game before the Christmas break.But they could also pull a fast one and go with Mike McKenna.Anderson, the Senators number one goalie, was yanked after two periods of a 5-2 Friday’s game in New Jersey against the Devils. He had given up five goals on 32 shots. Backup Mike McKenna entered the game and stopped all seven shots he faced in the eventual 5-2 loss that dropped Ottawa’s road record to 4-12-1. Article continues below ...Anderson, who has performed brilliantly this season, could use a break. He has started 31 of Ottawa’s 37 games this seasons. At the same time, McKenna has played well. He stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period and continues to look more comfortable with every chance he gets.Either way, the Senators (15-17-4) are going to hope they can go to the break on a high note.“You’ve got to bear down mentally,” Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki told the Ottawa Sun. “It’s a couple of days before Christmas. It’s on us. We’ve got to take the onus there and make sure we really bear down and focus and create our own energy and create some life and don’t fall into that.”Thursday’s loss followed a familiar scrip.“Too many mistakes,” said Matt Duchene, who returned to the line from the injury list and scored both Senators goals. “Their top line single-handedly beat us. That’s what I saw. I’m sure there e is some other stuff, too [url=]Zdeno Chara Jersey[/url] , that we should clean up, but it was disappointing.”The Senators will have to clean up their act in a hurry.“That was not a good team game at all,” said coach Guy Boucher. “That was our worst one in a while.”The Metropolitan Division leading Capitals (21-10-3) squeaked by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday with a 2-1 victory. Tom Wilson scored the winning goal with seven minutes left.“Found a way to win and that’s what good teams do,” coach Todd Reirden told reporters. “We dealt with some adversity on a non-goal call and some penalty kills at the end, 6-on-4. I like the adversity for our team and the fact that we were able to come out of here with two points.” In an interesting quirk with the schedule, the Senators also host the Capitals on Dec. 29. Tom Wilson scored the winner against the Devils with seven minutes to go . It was Washington’s seventh win it eight games.Braden Holtby stopped 36 of 37 shots for the win. Phoenix Copley is expected to start against the Senators. The Senators return from the break to visit the Islanders Dec. 28. The Capitals. The Capitals return to work when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 27. DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Mantha had a goal called back before scoring anyway and the Detroit Red Wings won at home for the first time this season with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.Mantha, who has struggled early in the season, had an apparent power-play goal disallowed in the first period because it was ruled he kicked it in.“Yeah, I did (know that he kicked it in). I just tried to sell it. You never know,” Mantha said. “If the league doesn’t look at it, they called it a good goal on the ice. Things happen.”But he responded by tying the game at 1 [url=]Eric Fehr Jersey Womens[/url] , 4:44 into the second period with his second goal.Tyler Bertuzzi , defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit (2-7-2), which had been 0-3-1 at Little Caesars Arena. Dylan Larkin had two assists and Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots for his first win as a Red Wing, after signing as a free agent in July.“Once we got the lead I thought we were excellent in the third period,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We played with confidence, I thought we ground them, we spent tons of time in their end.”Detroit got that lead by taking advantage of a lucky bounce.Bertuzzi broke a 1-1 tie, 4:59 into the third period when the puck took an odd bounce off the boards in the corner, on a dump in, and bounced in front of the net as Bishop went behind the net to play it. Bertuzzi backhanded the puck into the empty net for his third goal.“Kronner (defenseman Niklas Kronwall) tried to rim it hard so I could catch in on that far side,” Bertuzzi said. “Got a good bounce and I was there to tap it in.”Ericsson made it 3-1 [url=][/url] , 9:20 into the third, on a wrist shot from the left point, as Mantha screened Bishop in front.It was Ericsson’s first goal.Radek Faksa made it 3-2, with 36.3 seconds left with Bishop pulled for the extra attacker. It was Faksa’s second goal.But Abdelkader’s empty-net goal clinched it with 23 seconds remaining. It was Abdelkader’s first goal.Gemel Smith also scored for Dallas (5-5-0). Defenseman John Klingberg had two assists. Bishop made 19 saves.“We were kind of like hoping to win instead of playing to win,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “It’s not an excuse. But we didn’t have our normal legs, we weren’t talking, we weren’t communicating well on the ice to each other, and we had really no jump.”Smith gave Dallas a 1-0 lead with 8:16 left in the first period when got control of the puck just outside the Detroit blue line, skated past Red Wings defensemen Kronwall and Nic Jensen and beat Bernier from the slot. It was Smith’s first goal.NOTE: It was Dallas C Tyler Seguin’s 600th game. … Stars general Manager Jim Nill was a longtime assistant GM with Detroit. … Gemel Smith is the brother of Red Wings farmhand Givani Smith, who is with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.UP NEXT:Dallas: Visits Montreal on Tuesday.Detroit: Visits Columbus on Tuesday.

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