NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington|
(Saturday, January 27th)
Final Score: Washington 7, Carolina 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin scored two goals and added
an assist, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 7-3.
Alex Ovechkin scored and had a helper to extend his current points streak to
11 games (six goals, 12 assists). Chris Clark and Kris Beech also lit the lamp
for the Capitals, who won the back end of this home-and-home series with
Carolina to end a two-game slide.
The Hurricanes defeated Washington 6-2 on Friday.
Olie Kolzig ended with 34 saves in the win.
Erik Cole and Justin Williams each tallied for the Hurricanes, who lost for
the third time in four games. Cam Ward was tagged for all seven goals on 23
Washington jumped all over the Hurricanes early, netting three goals -- all
unassisted -- in the first 12:41.
Semin's first goal came after of a bad pass by the Hurricanes in Washington's
zone, and resulted in a 2-on-2 the other way. Semin decided to keep it
himself, and deposited the puck glove side at 7:56 for his 28th goal of the
A turnover by Carolina behind its own net while shorthanded resulted in
Ovechkin's 31st tally of the season, as the Russian collected the gift and
skated into the left slot before rifling the disc past Ward's glove at 9:53.
Less than three minutes later, Semin stripped the puck from a Hurricanes
player at the Caps' blueline and sped into the Carolina zone on a breakaway
before again beating Ward glove side.
Carolina started on the comeback trail late in the first as Eric Staal fed
Williams in the right circle for a one-timer through traffic that lit the lamp
with 3:01 on the clock. It was Williams' 26th goal on the year and made it a
Just 50 ticks later the Capitals turned the puck over in their zone, and Chad
LaRose picked up the overskated puck. LaRose found Craig Adams for a shot that
Kolzig stopped, but Cole pumped home the rebound blocker side for his 22nd
tally of the season and 100th of his career.
The Capitals scored the lone goal of the second frame to go up 4-2, as Eric
Fehr took a pass in the slot before firing a shot past a moving Ward's stick
side at 15:18 for his first-career goal.
Early in the third, Ovechkin moved between two defenders deep in Carolina's
zone and sent a cross-ice pass to Beech in the right circle, and the center
quickly fired the puck into the net to make it 5-2 at the 3:12 mark.
Carolina refused to go away and made it a two-goal deficit once again just
2:03 later, as David Tanabe tipped home Staal's shot on the power play for his
first goal of the season.
Washington, though, killed off any comeback thoughts after a goal by Clark --
his 21st of the year -- with 8:53 remaining in the game to make it 6-3, and
Brooks Laich capped the contest's scoring after a goal with 3:24 left in the
Beech's goal was his sixth on the year, while Laich tallied for the fifth time
this season...Ovechkin's assist was his 37th of the year...Staal recorded his
23rd helper on the season...Washington scored twice on six power-play chances,
while Carolina ended 1-for-6 on the power play...Semin has assists in three
straight games...Carolina's Ray Whitney had an eight-game points streak end.
01/27 21:49:50 ET