NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Washington
(Friday, November 17th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Washington Capitals, 4-1, at the Verizon Center.
Brind'Amour's point streak now stands at seven games (6g, 6a), while the two assists on the night gave him 30 points in 21 contests to continue the best start of his 17-year career.
Erik Cole also had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, while Ray Whitney added a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who have won four of their last five. On Wednesday, Carolina outlasted the New York Rangers for a 2-1 victory.
John Grahame was solid between the pipes, stopping 21 shots en route to recording his first win of the season.
Richard Zednik scored the lone goal for Washington, who has lost back-to-back contests.
Olaf Kolzig stopped 25-of-29 shots in defeat.
The Caps played without their captain, Chris Clark, who was hit in the mouth with a puck during the game against the Bruins and is listed as day-to-day. Dainius Zubrus, however, did suit up after leaving the same game with an undisclosed injury.
Both teams worked through a scoreless first period, as Grahame turned aside seven shots while Kolzig snuffed out nine chances. Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore took a puck off the face with five ticks left before intermission, but got to his feet quickly and skated off the ice without assistance.
Back-to-back power play tallies gave Carolina a 2-0 advantage in the second stanza.
The first developed as Andrew Hutchinson ripped a 50-foot slapshot from the point. The puck deflected off the netminder and dropped at the feet of Cole, who kicked the disc to the blade of his stick before knocking home the rebound with 5:11 remaining.
Less than two minutes later, Brind'Amour doubled the lead. After a shot by Cole sailed wide of the net, the crafty veteran scooped up the puck, broke loose off the left side and lifted a quick wrist shot that sailed past Kolzig.
The Caps, meanwhile, managed just six shots on goal and had trouble clearing the puck out of the defensive zone throughout the 20 minute session.
Carolina increased its lead to 3-0 with 5:33 off the clock in the third. Whitney pounded a low slapshot into the net off a feed from Brind'Amour to notch his eighth of the season.
Washington finally scratched the scoreboard, cutting the deficit with a power play goal nearly four minutes later. It was the fourth man advantage of the game for the Caps, who set up nicely in the offensive zone after Anton Babchuk's blocked shot at the other end. On a full head of steam, Kris Beech dished to Ben Clymer. The winger took a shot at the net, and Zednik got his stick in the way to deflect it past Grahame with 10:32 left in regulation.
Whitney hit Brind'Amour on a give-and-go with 1:47 remaining for the final tally.
Carolina finished 2-for-6 on the power play while the Caps went 1-for-5...The Hurricanes won five of eight games last season against Washington...Carolina will host Dallas on Saturday, while the Capitals visit Boston.
11/17 22:18:36 ET