Capitals edge Hurricanes 2-1

Posted January 15, 2012
Updated January 16, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dmitry Orlov broke a third period tie with his first NHL goal, and the Washington Capitals moved into a tie for the Southeast Division lead with a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

The rookie defenseman, playing in his 25th game, put in the rebound after a shot by Jason Chimera at 1:12 of the final period.

The Capitals, struggling so mightily that they fired coach Bruce Boudreau in late November, have won three straight overall and seven in a row at home, moving them even with the Florida Panthers for the top spot in the division.

Washington is 12-9-1 since Dale Hunter replaced Boudreau. Alexander Semin also scored for the Capitals, and Tomas Vokoun made 43 saves.

Jussi Jokinen broke his 25-game goal-scoring drought for the Hurricanes.


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  • evenflow2005 Jan 16, 2012

    It's been along time since I've seen two teams play eachother from back to back games where the other team ran out of gas before the Canes did. This game could have ended up in a totally different direction if all those shots we bombed at the Capitals net went in.
    This is a problem I think that this team could well be improved in. I'm not saying that getting shots to the net is a bad thing, but not having an idea where the're going could be. If the Canes have enough time to make that many shots, they need to work more on trying to get closer for sure shots. Hitting the opponents boot from the blue line is just bruising his toes. Mcbain drives me crazy with this. Sure, that one 90 mile an hour shot looks great when it happens, but 9 times out of 10 it doesn't. Go Canes !

  • wlcat609 Jan 16, 2012

    Having watched the Caps - Pens physical battle earlier on Wednesday night, I was totally surprised at how 'straight' (non-physical for the most part) the Caps played. I figured Skinner would be a prime target but they seemed to give jeff his space.

    Vocoun is a very good goalie - problem he had in Florida in the past was that he didn't have much of a team in front of him. John and Tripp kept commenting on the team shot differentials - Washington is a team that dsoesn't block many shots and lets Vocoun see them whereas the Canes try to block shots to help Cam and as you look back how many of those 'help' attempts have endded up in the Cane's net this season. Joslin's attempt to block the first goal was rather weak - he just screened Ward on that one.

  • bubbba Jan 16, 2012

    A well played game, especially considering the way they played so hard and fast against the Bruins. I think they would have won if they had a little more rest.
    The shots were flying from the Canes! Hope we can keep this momentum up.

  • StunGunn Jan 16, 2012

    I think we can all see the improvements since Muller has taken over, and while it's too late for the Canes to make the playoffs, I love seeing how hard they're skating and battling, even in this tough second game of a back-to-back. I wish they could have come away with a point (or two) with the way they out-shot the Caps, but there were a lot of positives to be taken from this game.

  • Vette Jan 16, 2012

    They are skating harder. I really enjoyed Faulk's fight at the end of the Game. He got tired of there junk!

  • Jakethesnake Jan 16, 2012

    tough one to swallow, the canes deserved a point in this one. looks like a new team and i like it. I wish someone would of leveled i hate how good he is.

  • caniacman Jan 16, 2012

    Back to the game. The canes really dominated play for most of the game. Caps 2nd goal had some luck to it. Caps blocked a lot of shots and Vokoun was a rock. Canes deserved a better fate but that is our best effort in the 2nd game of back to back in a long time. It was great to see Skinner back on the ice and you can just see how it changes how teams have to play. Also can see the guys have totally bought into this system now.

  • edits Jan 16, 2012

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    What they said. GO away to the box truck that you live in bizitch!

  • jscott13 Jan 15, 2012

    Hey box truck...they DO care what unaffiliated and everyone else thinks. JR invites people to meet with him if you send an e-mail. So take your rats azz and go comment on an article that you know something about.

  • ktstcanes Jan 15, 2012

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    Go away Towel BOY. No one is interested in your green sense of..... well you know.




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