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Blog: Hurricanes top Caps 4-1

Posted December 3, 2013

Nathan Gerbe (4) takes a shot during action at PNC Arena between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils on November 29, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.  (Photo by: Will Bratton)

Final: Canes 4,  Caps 1: Led by two goals from Jeff Skinner and 26 saves by Justin Peters Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-1.

End of 2: Canes 4,  Caps 0: Carolina scored three times in a four minute stretch in the second period and they take a 4-0 lead into the second intermission.

Jeff Skinner tallied his second of the night to get the second period scoring started. Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty also netted goals in the frame.

End of 1: Canes 1, Caps 0: Jeff Skinner scored from a sharp angle at the 10:21 mark of the first period, assisted by Eric Staal and the Canes take a 1-0 lead to intermission.

justin Peters got the nod in goal for Carolina and made 12 stops in the opening frame.


Pregame

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will shoot for a third straight victory when they host the rival Carolina Hurricanes in Tuesday's battle at Verizon Center.

The Capitals snapped a season-worst four-game slide with Friday's shootout triumph over visiting Montreal. Washington then notched an overtime victory the following night on the road, downing the New York Islanders on Ovechkin's game-winner at 2:07 of the extra session.

It was the Russian sniper's 21st marker of the season, giving Ovechkin the lead in the NHL's goal-scoring race. Alexander Steen of St. Louis is second with 20 goals.

Before Ovechkin's OT heroics on Saturday, Nicklas Backstrom tied things up for Washington by scoring with 49 seconds to go in regulation to force the extra session. Backstrom's equalizer came shortly after Thomas Vanek put the Islanders on top with 1:51 remaining in the third.

"That was a really good game right to the end. They got a big goal late, but we found a way," said Caps head coach Adam Oates.

Aaron Volpatti also scored for Washington and Braden Holtby made 37 saves for the win.

Tuesday's tilt is the second of five scheduled encounters this season between the Caps and Hurricanes, who were rivals in the now-defunct Southeast Division before both joining the Metropolitan Division for the 2013-14 campaign.

Carolina edged the Capitals, 3-2, in D.C. on Oct. 10, as Nathan Gerbe scored the tie-breaking goal for the 'Canes in the third period. It was Carolina's third win in its past five trips to the Verizon Center and halted Washington's three-game overall winning streak in the series.

Ovechkin scored a goal in the Oct. 10 loss and has compiled 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists) in 53 career games against Carolina.

The Hurricanes enter Tuesday's battle on a two-game slide and the club is 2-5-1 in its last eight trips to the ice.

Carolina has lost its last two tilts in regulation and was dealt a 3-2 setback by the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Ryan Kesler scored twice and Eddie Lack stopped 29 pucks to lead the Canucks to the close win in Raleigh.

Gerbe and Jordan Staal scored for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward made 27 saves in a losing effort. Ward yielded two goals on nine shots in the first period before stopping 20-of-21 attempts over the final 40 minutes.

"They pushed us out of the first period," 'Canes head coach Kirk Muller said. "They won all the battles, they were more competitive, they owned it around our net in the first period. We had one shot from our forwards in the first period."

Carolina is playing two straight and six of its next seven on the road, beginning with tonight's test in D.C. The Hurricanes are 4-6-1 as the guest this season, while Washington is 9-6-0 at Verizon Center.

Holtby will get the call in net for Washington tonight and is 4-2-0 with a 1.84 goals against average in six career games against Carolina. Ward is 16-11-4 with a 2.54 GAA in 32 lifetime tilts versus the Caps.

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  • jscott13 Dec 3, 9:46 p.m.

    I really hope that Muller realizes after tonight that Peters should be the starting goalie.

  • busyb97 Dec 3, 5:09 p.m.

    Yeah,,,.when the puck goes to Staal, there is almost an audible groan...ASSUMING he can even get the pass. Seems like he usually overshoots, or he has it and then weakly passes it off. he is playing like he did that year he was in that slump after he hurt his brother so badly. After his brother recovered, so did Staal. Ahh, the good ole days.

    But as far as that headline...."streaking Caps"... My first thought was "Wouldnt that be cold?!" Hahaha

  • Wags Dec 3, 5:04 p.m.

    I am extremely disappointed in the direction that this team has taken. We have gone through three different coaches (or has it been four) since 2006 and we have the same issues year after year. Maybe firing coaches is not the answer. We should be looking at the players. At the top of the heap is Eric Staal. We call him an “elite” player. Well, I don’t see it. The only thing elite is his salary. Then you add Skinner, Jordan, Semin, Tlusty and we have a bunch of high priced “talent” that is not producing. I am not excusing Ward by any means. He has flashes of brilliance and then falls apart at the worst times. I know that I am not an expert and may have this all wrong but you would think with all the $$$ being spent in the organization…someone could figure it out. JR…I bring my 9 year old grandson, who loves his Canes….and I am tired of seeing him in tears when they lose. It’s getting to the point that even he doesn’t want to watch the carnage on the ice. This has gone on long enough.

  • Gunnstigator Dec 3, 4:32 p.m.

    The Canes have had Washington's number enough times in the past to make this game winnable, and I sure hope they do win this game.

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