12/07/2011 10:09 EST | Updated 02/06/2012 05:12 EST

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals hang on to beat Ottawa Senators 5-3

OTTAWA - Depending on how you saw things Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin was either the hero or the villain.

The Washington captain sparked a quick two-goal barrage in the third period but was also accused of a spearing Ottawa's Chris Neil as the Capitals defeated the Senators 5-3.

Struggling offensively of late, Ovechkin gave Washington a 3-2 lead in the third, celebrating his ninth goal of the season