WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Peter Schaefer scored twice and rookie Jason Spezza had three assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals that gave them home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Goalless since Dec. 30, Schaefer opened the scoring 1:43 into the game before completing his fifth career two-goal game with 5:17 left in the second.
Selected second overall in the 2001 draft, Spezza set up three of Ottawa's first four tallies for his first career three-point effort.
Daniel Alfredsson also scored twice for the Senators, who can become the first Canadian-based team to win the Presidents' Trophy since the 1988-89 Calgary Flames with a win on Saturday at Toronto.
Robert Lang netted the lone goal for the Capitals, whose loss clinched the Southeast Division title for Tampa Bay.