NHL Game Summary - Washington at Carolina |
(Monday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Carolina 6, Washington 5 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney scored twice, including the game-
winner on the power play 3:35 into overtime, as the Carolina Hurricanes edged
the Washington Capitals, 6-5, at the RBC Center.
Josef Vasicek, in his first game back since November, had two goals and two
assists for the Hurricanes, who played the first of three in a row against the
Capitals. The next two games will be Wednesday and Friday, both in Washington.
Carolina, winners in two of its last three contests, still trails Ottawa by
three points for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Justin Williams had a goal and three assists, while Rod Brind'Amour tallied a
goal and two assists for the Hurricanes. Martin Gerber stopped 19 shots for
Rico Fata scored twice and added an assist, while Alexander Ovechkin extended
his points streak to nine games with an assist. Chris Clark notched a goal and
two assists for Washington, which has dropped 10 of its last 13 games. Olaf
Kolzig ended with 36 saves for the Caps.
Clark was sent to the penalty box after tripping Whitney in overtime and the
Hurricanes made Washington pay. Cory Stillman held the puck near the right
circle before sending a cross-ice pass to Whitney, who blasted a one-timer by
"Here we are, we're out of the playoffs, and as coaches, we're all quite sad
we didn't get the extra point," said Capitals coach Glen Hanlon. "It's just
another example of a team that's fairly resilient. For a team with 61 points,
I think there's likely not a lot of teams like that you could attach that word
Dainius Zubrus scored on the power play 12:04 into the contest on a tip-in for
Washington, but Whitney tied the game less than four minutes later on a heads
up play. The puck was stuck under teammate Doug Weight momentarily in the
crease before coming free, and Whitney scored into an open net.
Clark made it 2-1 with 2:18 left in the first on a successful shot from the
Carolina scored three times in the second period to move ahead 4-2 going into
the third. Brind'Amour's goal came just 51 seconds into the stanza on a
backhander in front off a rebound, and Vasicek gave the Hurricanes the lead on
quick snap shot from the right circle at the 6:40 mark. Williams scored midway
through the period on a rebound.
Vasicek missed 59 games after suffering a knee injury on November 11 against
the Florida Panthers. He underwent successful surgery on the knee on
Fata scored 50 seconds into the third, and Jeff Halpern tied the game just
2:06 later. Clark passed the puck from the right corner to a cutting Halpern,
who deposited the disc past Gerber from the left side of the net.
Vasicek's goal at 9:10 of the third gave Carolina a 5-4 lead. Williams took a
shot from the right circle, which was kicked aside by Kolzig, but the rebound
came to Vasicek in the left circle and he made no mistake into an open net.
Fata's power play goal, on a high shot from the right circle, with 4:33 left
in regulation, tied the contest.
"We were playing well except for that five minute period where we came out
flat to start the third," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. "Then the guys
went back to work."
Washington had a two-man advantage with less than two minutes remaining in the
third, but couldn't capitalize.
It's the sixth season the Carolina franchise has had three different players
with at least 30 goals. Brind'Amour notched his 30th on Monday, joining Eric
Staal and Erik Cole this season...Staal received six stitches above his left
eye after a fight with Halpern in the second period. It was Staal's first
fight of his NHL career...The teams have split six meetings this season.
04/03 22:40:21 ET