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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 shots faced.

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 year.

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 3-1 game.

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 game.

Game Notes

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


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