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Carolina at Washington

Ovechkin extends point-scoring streak to 11 games as Caps win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- The Carolina Hurricanes made mistakes, over and over again, against a team full of scorers ready to take advantage.

Alexander Semin had two goals and an assist, Alex Ovechkin extended his point-scoring streak to 11 games and the Washington Capitals scored five times off turnovers in a 7-3 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

"It's frustrating because we need a consistent effort out of the people who are, in the end, making mistakes," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "And I'm not just talking about isolated (incidents) tonight. We need consistent effort from our top lines. They've got to be consistent every night. It can't be good enough just to play one game and then feel good about it, and content about it, where we're at."

Eric Fehr, recalled from Hershey of the AHL earlier in the day, scored his first career goal for the Capitals, who had lost two straight and five of six, including a 6-2 defeat to the Hurricanes on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.

But it was Washington's early explosion -- three unassisted goals in the first period -- that set the table. Semin had two of the tallies, and now has 29 goals, two shy of Ovechkin's team lead.

"No surprise," Ovechkin said of Semin's play. "He's a tremendous player and a scorer."

Justin Williams, Erik Cole and David Tanabe scored for Carolina, which has lost four of six.

Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and his point-scoring streak matches a career best. Kris Beech, Chris Clark and Brooks Laich also scored for Washington,

The Capitals, who were outshot 37-23, took a quick 3-0 lead by capitalizing on repeated Carolina mistakes in a 4:45 span.

Semin picked up a loose puck and finished a 2-on-2 rush with a quick wrister 7:56 into the game, Ovechkin made Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg pay for a turnover near his own net on a power play at 9:53 and Semin scored his 29th on a breakaway at 12:41.

"When we had chances tonight," Washington's Brian Sutherby said, "we buried them."

The Hurricanes scored twice in 50 seconds late in the period to cut the lead to a goal. Williams slipped the puck past a screened Olaf Kolzig from the right side at 16:59, then Cole netted his 100th career goal by capping a three-chance flurry.

Fehr, the Capitals' first-round choice in the 2003 entry draft, made it 4-2 late the second period. When Tanabe whiffed on a clearing try along the boards, Semin grabbed the puck, which bounced to Fehr, who swept a shot from between the circles at 15:18.

"It was awesome," Fehr said. "I stole the puck from Semin. I really wanted to put that one in so he wouldn't be mad at me."

Beech's goal, off a crossing pass from Ovechkin while Washington had an extra man due to a delayed penalty call, extended the lead to three goals 3:12 into the third. Tanabe responded then a minute later with his first of the year, a man-up redirect off Eric Staal's left-wing shot that ended a string of 27 consecutive Washington penalty kills.

Clark restored the three-goal cushion on a power play at 11:07 and Laich scored short-handed with 3:24 left.

"We need to pay a price every night and right now we're not doing that," Laviolette said. "Anybody (who) thinks that we paid the price tonight or that we were somewhat interested in skating and battling Washington -- I hope nobody leaves the room thinking that. I really do.

Notes

  • To make room for Fehr, Washington assigned C Jakub Klepis to Hershey.
  • Carolina D Niclas Wallin (lower body injury) missed the game. Capitals RW Matt Bradley (personal reasons) and D Brian Pothier (upper body injury) were scratched.
  • Baltimore Orioles players Adam Loewen and Nick Markakis were booed when shown on the scoreboard telescreen, while D.C. United soccer star Ben Olsen drew cheers from the crowd of 16,924.
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Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin celebrate Ovechkin's goal, which adds to his point-scoring streak.  (AP)
Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin celebrate Ovechkin's goal, which adds to his point-scoring streak. (AP)
Scoreboard
Carolina (26-20-6)2013
Washington  (21-22-7) «3137
Three Stars
A. Semin
WAS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. Ovechkin
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
E. Fehr
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:56Alexander Semin (28), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
09:53Power Play - Alex Ovechkin (32), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
12:41Alexander Semin (29), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
16:59Justin Williams (27), Slap Shot - Assists: Eric Staal, Dennis Seidenberg
17:49Erik Cole (22), Wrist Shot - Assists: Craig Adams, Chad LaRose
2ND PERIOD
15:18Eric Fehr, Wrist Shot - Assist: Alexander Semin
3RD PERIOD
03:12Kris Beech (6), Slap Shot - Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Ben Clymer
05:15Power Play - David Tanabe, Tip-In - Assist: Eric Staal
11:07Power Play - Chris Clark (21), Snap Shot - Assists: Dainius Zubrus, Lawrence Nycholat
16:36Short - Brooks Laich (5), Snap Shot - Assists: Boyd Gordon, Steve Eminger
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:59Fehr: Holding - 2 min.
09:05Adams: Holding - 2 min.
19:50Eminger: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
02:04Hutchinson: Hooking - 2 min.
02:31Wesley: Cross Check - 2 min.
11:17Staal: Hooking - 2 min.
18:00Morrisonn: Elbowing - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
04:30Nycholat: Hooking - 2 min.
08:39Semin: Hooking - 2 min.
10:52Whitney: Tripping - 2 min.
12:05Ladd: Hooking - 2 min.
15:07Morrisonn: Holding - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Carolina10101737
Washington88723
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Cam Ward60:00167
Olaf Kolzig59:33343
Game Information
Attendance - 16924
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Mark Shewchyk
 
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