NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington|
(Thursday, November 6th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Carolina 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin -- the other Alexander in a
dynamic Capitals duo -- scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes to
give Washington a stunning 3-2 victory over Southeast Division rival Carolina.
Semin's first goal came off a deflection in front of the net. Alexander
Ovechkin curled around near the left faceoff circle and his wrist shot was
tipped in by Semin at 17:17 of the third.
The scoring star was at it again in the closing seconds. Off a spectacular
pass down ice by Ovechkin, Semin sped in on goal and unleashed a blazing
wrister past Cam Ward, who couldn't react nearly quick enough to make the
difficult save with 10.9 ticks to play.
"It was a very important game for us, especially when we play against division
teams. I think everybody understands we can't lose this game," said Ovechkin.
The late flurry gave Washington its third straight win in the series. Ovechkin
didn't score, but his activity was apparent throughout. After missing a pair
of games to be in Russia with his ailing grandfather, Ovechkin matched his
year-long assist total with three helpers in the first of a three-game
Brent Johnson denied all 13 shots he saw in the final period and stopped 32 of
34 shots overall in the win.
"Just shows the amount of character we have on this team. We never quit," said
Ward blanked the Capitals on 15 first-period shot attempts and saved 30 of 33
"You would have to think so," Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette said when
asked if this rivalry would be fierce this season. "They have a good hockey
team that is capable of bringing that...so do we."
Carolina, which leads the Southeast Division with 16 points, got a goal from
Scott Walker and another from Tuomo Ruutu, who gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 edge
at 12:13 of the second period off an assist from Joseph Corvo.
Carolina lit the lamp first with 17:01 left in the first stanza. A battle
behind the net landed on the stick of Anton Babchuk, who pushed a pass
horizontally out near the blue line to Josef Melichar. The defenseman
attempted a deep wrist shot that was re-directed home by Walker for his first
goal of the campaign.
Washington evened the contest early in the second period. A near blue line-to-
blue line pass to Ovechkin was handled near the left boards. About to be
pinned against the left side, Ovechkin deftly spotted Sergei Fedorov out of
the corner of his eye and shuffled a backhand pass to the streaking goal
scorer, who took the pass in stride and flipped a shot high, glove side past
the netminder at the 3:05 mark.
The two teams combined for an 0-for-5 showing on the power play...Ovechkin
only has two goals this season after taking home the Hart Trophy thanks to an
NHL-best 65 goals and 112 points last season...This contest marked the first
of six meetings between the clubs this season...The Hurricanes saw their two-
game win streak come to an end.
11/06 22:23:05 ET