Overall, the first period wasn't terribly exciting. The Senators did start off strong as expected. After all, they were trying to keep from getting swept by a team that most didn't think would defeat them in the other three times they faced Washington this season. The one thing that did get some reaction from the Caps was when Ottawa's Chris Neil ran right over goalie Brent Johnson at the top of the crease. Apparently, it was decided that Johnny was fair game since he was (just barely) outside the crease. But, the team and the fans thought there should've been a penalty called anyway, since he didn't have the puck at the time. The period ended with no score.
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