NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington
(Saturday, January 21st)
Final Score: Washington 5, Carolina 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Matt Pettinger and Chris Clark both tallied a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2, at the MCI Center.
Brian Willsie, Ben Clymer and Brooks Laich scored goals and Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves for the Capitals, who have won four straight games for the first time in three years.
Erik Cole scored on a penalty shot and Rod Brind'Amour notched his 21st goal of the season for Carolina, which had its nine game winning streak snapped. Martin Gerber stopped 22 of 26 shots for the Hurricanes, who lost for the first time in 2006.
Washington drew first blood with 5:22 left in the first period while on the power play after Willsie poked a rebound past Gerber for a 1-0 lead. Alexander Ovechkin wristed a shot from the left circle that was saved by Gerber, but the rebound squirted through his five-hole to Willsie.
The Capitals extended their lead to 2-0 with 1:21 remaining in the opening frame after Pettinger banged home a pass from Brian Sutherby, who picked up a rebound at the side of the net and deftly sent a backhand pass to Petinger in the slot for the easy one-timer.
Washington upped its lead to 3-0 with 2:27 left in the second stanza while on the man advantage after Clymer's slap shot from the right point snaked its way through traffic and beat Gerber through his five hole to make it a 3-0 contest.
Carolina got on the scoreboard midway through the third period while shorthanded after Cole was awarded a penalty shot. He beat Kolzig stick-side to pull the Hurricanes within two.
The 'Canes got within one with 8:26 left in the game after Brind'Amour beat Kolzig with a wrist shot from the slot to make it 3-2. Brind'Amour gathered a loose puck out of a scrum before rifling the shot past Kolzig.
The Capitals regained their two-goal lead with 3:14 left in the game after Laich beat Gerber glove side with a one-timer from the slot that capped a 3- on-1 break and gave Washington a 4-2 lead.
Carolina pulled Gerber after Laich's goal and nearly got one past Kolzig when Ray Whitney had a whack at a loose puck on the doorstep, but Kolzig was up to the task and kept the Hurricanes at bay.
Clark scored an empty net goal with 4.9 ticks left on the clock for Washington.
The Capitals earned four consecutive victories for the first time since December 19-27, 2002...Carolina forward Eric Staal had his five-game point streak snapped...The Hurricanes fell to 2-1 against the Capitals this season..Ovechkin had two assists and has an eight-game point streak, with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points...Cole has a six-game point streak (five goals, five assists)...Carolina went 0-for-9 on the power-play, while Washington was 2-for-7.
01/22 00:17:51 ET