Washington at Carolina

Hurricanes 4, Capitals 3


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Four days of rest made a difference for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd scored in the first two minutes of the third period, and the more-rested Hurricanes rallied for a 4-3 victory over Washington on Thursday night to hand the Capitals their first loss in regulation in the 25 games they have led going into the final 20 minutes.

The Capitals, who lost at Buffalo on Wednesday, were outshot 39-10 by the Hurricanes. Through two periods, Washington only needed six shots to hold a 3-2 lead.

"We had a lot of chances and it was just a matter of time," said Staal, whose goal 22 seconds into the third period tied the game. "We got a couple of nice plays to get ahead and it was a nice win."

Ladd, who has scored three of his nine goals against Washington, got the winner less than two minutes later.

Alexander Ovechkin scored twice for Washington, notching his second multi-goal game in six contests. He almost had a hat trick, but his shot in the final second was blocked in front by Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin.

"They played well defensively. We just didn't shoot it," Ovechkin said.

Cam Ward relieved John Grahame in goal at the start of the third period and earned his 28th win of the season. Grahame allowed three goals on six shots through 40 minutes. Ward faced only four shots in his first appearance in 11 days since lacerating his knee against the New York Rangers.

Mike Commodore scored Carolina's 10th short-handed goal four minutes into the second period to tie it 1-1. Chris Clark got the lead back for Washington with a power-play goal a minute later.

Erik Cole had a power-play goal on a deflection for Carolina to make it 2-2 at 12:38 of the second period before Ovechkin got his second of the game five minutes later.

Washington's 10 shots matched Carolina's franchise record for fewest allowed, most recently on Jan. 3, 1999 against Montreal. The Capitals also managed only one shot in the first period, which also matched a season-low total allowed by Carolina.

Carolina has won four of its last six games and still is fighting for a playoff spot.

"Obviously when you see a low shot total, you know its a good night defensively," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.


  • Carolina C Josef Vasicek has assists in three straight games.
  • Washington C Jiri Novotny had two assists.
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Washington (26-35-13)1203
Carolina  (37-29-8) «0224
Three Stars
E. Cole

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
E. Staal

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
A. Ovechkin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
11:16Alex Ovechkin (42), Wrist Shot - Assists: Alexander Semin, Jiri Novotny
04:01Short - Mike Commodore (6), Wrist Shot - Assists: Josef Vasicek, Justin Williams
04:59Power Play - Chris Clark (28), Wrist Shot - Assists: Alexander Semin, Brian Pothier
12:38Power Play - Erik Cole (26), Tip-In - Assists: Justin Williams, Scott Walker
17:54Alex Ovechkin (43), Wrist Shot - Assists: Alexandre Giroux, Jiri Novotny
00:22Eric Staal (28), Tip-In - Assists: Erik Cole, Cory Stillman
01:52Andrew Ladd (11), Wrist Shot - Assists: Craig Adams, David Tanabe
Penalty Summary
07:47Pothier: Hooking - 2 min.
14:10Jurcina: Hooking - 2 min.
03:48Brind'Amour: Hooking - 2 min.
08:25Giroux: High sticking - 2 min.
10:42Jurcina: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
03:10Morrisonn: Holding the stick - 2 min.
14:17Clark: Roughing - 2 min.
14:17Gleason: Roughing - 2 min.
Brent Johnson59:08354
John Grahame39:5533
Cam Ward20:0040
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Referees - Stephane Auger, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Tony Sericolo, Mark Wheler
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