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.