NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington
(Thursday, November 6th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Carolina 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin -- the other Alexander in a dynamic Capitals duo -- scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes to give Washington a stunning 3-2 victory over Southeast Division rival Carolina.
Semin's first goal came off a deflection in front of the net. Alexander Ovechkin curled around near the left faceoff circle and his wrist shot was tipped in by Semin at 17:17 of the third.
The scoring star was at it again in the closing seconds. Off a spectacular pass down ice by Ovechkin, Semin sped in on goal and unleashed a blazing wrister past Cam Ward, who couldn't react nearly quick enough to make the difficult save with 10.9 ticks to play.
"It was a very important game for us, especially when we play against division teams. I think everybody understands we can't lose this game," said Ovechkin.
The late flurry gave Washington its third straight win in the series. Ovechkin didn't score, but his activity was apparent throughout. After missing a pair of games to be in Russia with his ailing grandfather, Ovechkin matched his year-long assist total with three helpers in the first of a three-game homestand.
Brent Johnson denied all 13 shots he saw in the final period and stopped 32 of 34 shots overall in the win.
"Just shows the amount of character we have on this team. We never quit," said Johnson.
Ward blanked the Capitals on 15 first-period shot attempts and saved 30 of 33 in defeat.
"You would have to think so," Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette said when asked if this rivalry would be fierce this season. "They have a good hockey team that is capable of bringing that...so do we."
Carolina, which leads the Southeast Division with 16 points, got a goal from Scott Walker and another from Tuomo Ruutu, who gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 edge at 12:13 of the second period off an assist from Joseph Corvo.
Carolina lit the lamp first with 17:01 left in the first stanza. A battle behind the net landed on the stick of Anton Babchuk, who pushed a pass horizontally out near the blue line to Josef Melichar. The defenseman attempted a deep wrist shot that was re-directed home by Walker for his first goal of the campaign.
Washington evened the contest early in the second period. A near blue line-to- blue line pass to Ovechkin was handled near the left boards. About to be pinned against the left side, Ovechkin deftly spotted Sergei Fedorov out of the corner of his eye and shuffled a backhand pass to the streaking goal scorer, who took the pass in stride and flipped a shot high, glove side past the netminder at the 3:05 mark.
The two teams combined for an 0-for-5 showing on the power play...Ovechkin only has two goals this season after taking home the Hart Trophy thanks to an NHL-best 65 goals and 112 points last season...This contest marked the first of six meetings between the clubs this season...The Hurricanes saw their two- game win streak come to an end.
11/06 22:23:05 ET