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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington

(Wednesday, November 12th)

Final Score: Washington 7, Carolina 1

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Robert Lang scored three goals for his first career hat trick, assisting on another, as the Washington Capitals rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at MCI Center.

Dainius Zubrus scored twice and added an assist for the Capitals, who ended a three-game slide and won for just the fourth time in 16 games this season (4-11-1).

Brian Willsie and Alexander Semin also found the back of the net for Washington, while Olaf Kolzig turned aside 29 shots. Joining the points parade were Sergei Gonchar, Jaromir Jagr and Peter Bondra, who chipped in with two helpers apiece.

Kevin Weekes started in net for the Hurricanes, who had a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) snapped. Weekes allowed four goals on 17 shots before he was replaced by Jamie Storr, who stopped 12 of the 15 shots he faced.

Lang gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead just 1:24 into the game, skating around the cage behind Weekes before moving into the left circle and firing his eighth goal into the back of the net.

It remained 1-0 until late in the second period when Lang, skating into the Carolina zone heavily defended, fed a pass to Zubrus near the left circle. Zubrus then one-timed his fifth goal of the season past an overmatched Weekes for the 2-0 lead at 13:53 of the second.

Weekes allowed another goal less than four minutes later, dropping down in the net as Willsie skated around his cage and flipped a shot over the netminder's left shoulder. That goal, Willsie's first of the season, gave the Caps a 3-0 advantage with 2:48 remaining in the period.

Weekes continued to struggle and was pulled early in the third period after allowing another goal to Zubrus, who beat the Carolina netminder to the short side for a 4-0 Washington lead just 3:34 into the frame.

The teams then combined for three goals in 35 seconds.

Storr was badly beaten by Semin just 41 seconds after replacing Weekes. Carolina finally got on the board 19 seconds later when Ryan Bayda scored his second of the season to pull the Hurricanes within 5-1, but Lang tallied again to restore Washington's five-goal lead just 16 seconds after that one.

Lang completed his hat trick and the scoring with a goal at 14:34.

Game Notes

Lang extended his point-streak to seven games (7g, 6a)...The Caps came into play with the NHL's worst record, but have outscored their opponents, 20-4, in their four wins this season...Carolina is just 1-4-3 on the road this season...Washington was 4-1 against Carolina last season and is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings...The Hurricanes are 0-4-1 in their last five trips to DC.

11/12 21:52:08 ET

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