NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington|
(Friday, March 11th)
Final Score: Washington 2, Carolina 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks scored in
the third period to help Washington run its winning streak to seven games with
a 2-1 victory over Carolina at Verizon Center.
Braden Holtby made 40 saves, including 16 in the third period, as Washington
has now won all five games against Carolina this season.
"I thought we were a little lucky tonight and they're overdue to beat us,"
said Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau. "I didn't think we were very sharp
tonight. They had 40 shots on goal and were carrying play through much of the
Tuomo Ruutu scored the lone goal while Cam Ward made 24 stops for the
Hurricanes, who have dropped their past three games.
"When you don't score you don't win, no matter how many shots you have," said
Ruutu. "I thought we had a bunch of chances, we didn't play a bad game, we
just couldn't finish."
Carolina had scored late in the second period, but Washington tied the game
just 47 seconds into the third when Marcus Johansson left a drop pass for
Ovechkin, who snapped a wrister into the net from the left point for his 28th
goal of the season.
Less than seven minutes later, Washington took a 2-1 lead when Jason Arnott
was stopped on a breakaway, but Hendricks was following the play and banged in
From there, Holtby preserved the lead with several good saves to help the
Capitals extend their season-high winning streak.
The first two periods nearly went scoreless, but with time winding down in the
second, Ruutu took a pass in the high slot, skated down low and to the left
where he flung a wrister through a screen with 35.1 seconds left in the frame.
Carolina hosts Columbus on Saturday...The Capitals welcome Chicago on
Sunday...Carolina and Washington will meet one final time in the regular
season on March 29 in Washington.
03/11 23:36:47 ET