NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington
(Friday, April 7th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Justin Williams scored two of Carolina's three shorthanded goals, as the Hurricanes held on to defeat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at the Verizon Center.
Eric Staal and Kevyn Adams also lit the lamp while Cam Ward made 39 saves for the Hurricanes, who pulled even with the idle Ottawa Senators for the most points in the Eastern Conference (108).
Dainius Zubrus donated three helpers and Olaf Kolzig turned away 28 shots for Washington, which has played and lost to the Hurricanes three straight times.
Washington drew first blood at the 13:48 mark of the opening period, as Jeff Halpern took a feed from Zubrus in the slot and tucked it past Ward.
The Hurricanes, though, responded with three unanswered goals in the second period to assume command.
With Carolina skating shorthanded, Frantisek Kaberle moved into the zone and unleashed a slapshot from the point that Adams redirected in front to knot the game less than four minutes into the frame.
Just 19 seconds later and still a man down, the Hurricanes moved in front after Williams forced a turnover, flew in on goal and beat Kolzig with a wrister.
Carolina added a power-play tally at the 11:45 mark, as Staal moved out from behind the goal line and took a couple of whacks at the puck in front before muscling it past the netminder to make it 3-1.
The Hurricanes netted their third shorthanded goal of the night 44 seconds into the third period, breaking out on a 2-on-1 that ended with a Williams one-timer from the left slot.
The Capitals scored a pair of goals late in the third period to move within one. Shaone Morrisonn scored his first of the year on a wrister from the high slot with just under three minutes to play. Then, with 1:32 on the clock and Kolzig pulled, Brian Willsie unleashed a slapshot from the point that made it through traffic before beating Ward high and right.
Carolina defenseman Aaron Ward left the game late in second period with a lower body injury and did not return...Adams played in his 300th NHL game...Kolzig played in his 600th NHL game...The last time the Capitals allowed three shorthanded goals was December 22, 1983 against the New York Islanders...Washington's Alexander Ovechkin has an 11-game point streak (5 goals, 12 assists), and has 99 points for the season, eight more than Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.
04/07 22:02:08 ET