NHL Game Summary - Washington at Carolina
(Thursday, March 25th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Washington 2 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Chad LaRose scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout, as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at RBC Center.
Jamie McBain and Bryan Rodney each scored in regulation for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game skid. Manny Legace made 41 saves for the victors, who have an outside shot at a playoff berth. Carolina moved seven points behind Boston for the final spot in the East but have just eight games remaining.
Alexander Semin and John Carlson lit the lamp for the East-leading Capitals, who set a franchise record with points in a season with 109. Semyon Varlamov turned aside 29-of-31 shots in defeat.
Washington could've clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in club history with a win Thursday coupled with a New Jersey loss to the New York Rangers. The Devils did lose, 4-3, in a shootout to the Rangers.
"We weren't ready to play," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's safe to say that in the first 10 minutes we were leaving our poor goalie out to dry...I don't know if that happens when you play an emotional game the night before, but I thought the last two periods we picked it up pretty well."
Nicklas Backstrom's backhander had the Capitals ahead following the first round of the shootout. After a scoreless second round, Ray Whitney snuck a backhander through the legs of Varlamov to tie things up. Semin had a chance to win it for the Capitals but his wrist shot was stopped.
Following a scoreless fourth round, LaRose got the fifth started with a wrister that beat Varlamov. Mike Green had a chance to extend the shootout but missed the net with a snap shot.
"Five worked alright, Ray's goal was a big one, but you watch the shootout last night it didn't leave me with a lot of confidence as they had so much skill and so many great shooters. Manny was excellent," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.
With the Capitals down 2-1 in the third, Carlson scored his first NHL goal at the 2:12 mark to deadlock the tilt. Carlson took a pass from Jason Chimera and fired a wrist shot past Legace.
Neither team scored the rest of the way, sending the contest into overtime.
Legace made five saves in the extra session, while Varlamov stopped two shots.
The Hurricanes drew first blood at the 2:11 mark of the first period. McBain took a pass from Jussi Jokinen and found the back of the net with a one-timer from the point.
Rodney's first goal of his NHL career made it 2-0 at the 9:09 mark. Rodney took a pass from Jokinen and fired a snap shot from the slot.
Semin got the Capitals on the board at the 1:43 mark of the second. Following a faceoff at the left circle, Semin fired a snap shot from the slot that got past Legace.
Washington nearly scored with 2:58 left in the middle stanza. Alex Ovechkin fired a shot from the side of the net that settled on the goal line behind Legace. Following a review, the officials ruled that the disc never crossed the line.
Washington and Carolina split six games this season...The Capitals were without forward Brooks Laich, who sat out a second straight night after being struck in the face with a puck during a practice session on Tuesday...The Hurricanes went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Washington went 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
03/25 22:45:57 ET