Washington spoils Tlusty hat trick, tops Canes, 5-3
Posted April 2, 2013
FINAL: Washington 5, Canes 3
The Canes dropped their ninth game in their last 10 tries and were leapfrogged in the standings Tuesday night by Washington who is now 5-1-1 in their last seven and just two points out of a playoff spot.
End of 2: Washington 5, Canes 3
For the second time in as many periods, Washington got a goal in the final minute and they take a 5-3 lead into the second intermission at PNC Arena.
The second period saw four Capitals goals on seven shots and the Canes were forced to make a goalie switch as Justin Peters replaced Dan Ellis.
The final goal of the period was a short-handed goal for Washington as Marcus Johansson fed Joel Ward on the odd-man break.
Late in the period, Canes defenseman Joni Pitkaned went into the boards hard racing for an icing and had to be helped off on a stretcher. The stretcher was helped off the ice by fellow defensemen Jay Harrison and Tim Gleason.
8:54 2nd: Washington 4, Canes 3
A neutral zone turnover led to an odd-man rush for the Capitals and Nicklas Backstrom found Alexander Ovechkin for the go-ahead goal.
The goal was No. 20 on the year for Ovechkin and his second tonight. Backstrom has assisted on all four Washington goals.
15:34 2nd: Canes 3, Washington 3
Mike Green scored his second goal of the game on Nicklas Backstrom's third assist and the Capitals have drawn even with the Canes at 3.
Justin Peters replaced Dan Ellis in net for the Canes following the goal. Ellis surrendered the three goals on just seven Washington shots.
18:08 2nd: Canes 3, Washington 2
Jiri Tlusty netted his first career hat trick and tied a career high for goals in a season with 17 as he scored on a power play to put the Canes back in front of the Caps, 3-2.
The goal also marked Tlusty's 100th NHL point.
19:18 2nd: Canes 2, Washington 2
Jeff Skinner got whistled for holding the puck just 18 seconds into the period and Washington scored mere seconds later to tie the game at 2 as Mike Green beat Dan Ellis.
Alexander Ovechkin got an assist for his second point tonight and Nicklas Backstrom picked up his second helper.
End of 1: Canes 2, Washington 1
Alexander Ovechkin scored on an All-Star caliber wrist shot just 39 second before the horn to cut the Hurricanes lead in half just before intermission, 2-1.
Jiri Tlusty, who has both Canes goals tonight, has scored multiple goals six times this year but is yet to record the hat trick.
Carolina leads the Capitals in shots after one, 10-4.
5:53 1st: Canes 2, Washington 0
Newly acquired Marc-Andre Bergeron made an impact on the first power play as a Hurricane as he assisted Jiri Tlusty for the man-up goal.
Eric Staal also got an assist as Tlusty scored his second goal in the last four minutes.
8:28 1st: Canes 1, Washington 0
Through 11-plus minutes, there was great action but not much to show at PNC Arena. Jiri Tlusty was able to snap that with a goal in traffic in front of Washington goalie Braden Holtby.
Alexander Semin gets the secondary assist after creating the push and Bobby Sanguinetti gets the primary after taking the initial shot. For Tlusty, it was his 15th of the year.
20:00 1st: Canes vs. Washington
Newly acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron is dressed and skated pregame wearing No. 47. Fellow defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti also skated in warmups. Noticably missing was Jamie McBain, who is not injured.
In net for the Canes tonight will be Dan Ellis, spelling Justin Peters who has started the last four games for Carolina.
On the pregame siren here at PNC arena tonight - former NC State quarterback Mike Glennon.
The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes have been heading in opposite directions since they split a home-and-home series in mid- March.
The Capitals try to extend a five-game road point streak on Tuesday evening in a meeting with the Hurricanes, losers in eight of their past nine.
Washington and Carolina traded road victories when they met on March 12 and the 14, with the Capitals getting third-period goals from Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro to claim a 3-2 victory two days after getting shut out at home by the Hurricanes 4-0.
Riley Nash scored twice for Carolina in that win and Justin Peters notched a 26-save shutout, the second of his career.
The Hurricanes led the Southeast Division by three points over the Winnipeg Jets heading into that March 14 meeting with the Capitals, who sat 10 points back of first place at the time.
However, Carolina has gone 1-7-1 in its last nine to fall into a tie for second place with Washington, which has posted a 6-3-1 record since getting shut out by the 'Canes.
The clubs sit four points back of the first-place Jets, who visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday, with games in hand. Carolina and Washington are also tied for 10th overall in the Eastern Conference, three points back of the eighth spot.
The Hurricanes have won four of their last six overall against the Capitals, but Washington has claimed victory in five of its last seven in Carolina.
That is where the Caps wrap a three-game road trip and they had won their previous four as the guest before suffering a 5-4 overtime loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Washington failed to hold a two-goal lead in the third period, giving up the tying marker with 9.5 seconds left in regulation.
Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson netted power-play goals 26 seconds apart in the third period, while Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green also scored. Braden Holtby stopped 29-of-34 shots in defeat.
"It's tough obviously. It's bad, but we needed to make more of an effort on our part the last couple of minutes there," Backstrom said.
Washington, though, is still 4-1-1 in its last six and has the services of a red-hot Ovechkin, who has a goal in eight of his past 10 games, with nine total in that span. The Russian superstar also has 12 points over an eight- game point streak.
Carolina could use a player like Ovechkin for its struggling power play, which sits last in the NHL at 12.7 percent. The Hurricanes are 0-for-11 on the man advantage over their last two games and just 1-for-17 in the past four. They failed on all five chances on Monday night in a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
Jordan Staal had the lone goal of the game for the Hurricanes and Peters was charged with three goals on 28 shots in the loss.
"Our power play hasn't been good for us most of the season," said Staal. "When the games are there, we need a big goal and our power play has to step up, including myself. We have to find our way to score goals. We're making good plays, but we have to put it in the back of the net."
Peters has started the past four games with No. 1 netminder Cam Ward and backup Dan Ellis out due to injury. Ellis was activated off injured reserve on Monday, having been out with a lower body injury. He served as the backup versus the Canadiens.
The Hurricanes begin a three-game homestand.