NHL Game Summary - Washington at Carolina
(Monday, November 5th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Washington 0
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Cory Stillman netted a natural hat trick in a span of 7:05 during the opening period, as Carolina blanked the Washington Capitals, 5-0, at the RBC Center.
Eric Staal scored twice and Cam Ward turned aside 35 shots for his third career shutout, all against Washington. Stillman also had an assist and extended his point streak to eight games for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in seven games.
Matt Cullen and Ray Whitney each added a pair of assists to extend their point streaks to nine and seven games, respectively.
"The power play was moving well and he was on the receiving end of some nice plays," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said of Stillman. "On any night I think it's anybody that can pop out."
Olaf Kolzig allowed five goals on 24 shots, while backup Brent Johnson stopped all nine shots he faced in relief for Washington, which has dropped three in a row and is 2-9 since starting the season with three straight wins. One of those was a 2-0 triumph at home against the Hurricanes on October 6.
The result was much different on Monday, as Stillman and Staal led the offensive charge early, despite Washington having 19 shots on goal in the opening period.
"We don't have the luxury in sports to get discouraged," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "We can get disappointed but we can't get discouraged."
Stillman's first two goals came on power plays. Just 4:23 into the contest and only four seconds after Milan Jurcina was sent to the penalty box for holding, Rod Brind'Amour passed the puck from the left circle to the right one, where Stillman unloaded a successful one-timer.
Alex Ovechkin was sent off the ice for boarding, and Stillman struck again, this time at the 7:14 mark. It was another quick goal, just 18 seconds into the power play. Whitney passed the disc from above the right circle low to Stillman, who skated through the same circle before veering in front to put the puck by Kolzig.
Stillman completed his fourth career hat trick by capitalizing on a 2-on-1 break with Erik Cole with 8:32 left in the period. Cole fed a pass from the right circle to the left of the net, where Stillman collected his eighth goal of the season.
Stillman has points in 11 of the 12 games he has played this season after missing the first three contests due to a torso injury. He's got 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) during the eight-game streak.
The Hurricanes took advantage of a major boarding penalty on Donald Brashear in the second to go ahead 4-0, as Staal deflected the puck from in front past Kolzig at the 16:07 mark.
Staal netted his second of the night, 2:01 into the third period, tapping a puck out of the air in front on a rebound.
It's the first hat trick for a Hurricanes player since Staal did it in a 5-4 win versus Dallas on November 18, 2006...Stillman had the second-fastest natural hat trick in team history. Whitney scored three times in a span of 1:40 in a game against Boston last season...Brashear earned a game misconduct on his boarding call...Washington was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Carolina, which came into the game with the second-best power play in the league, was 3-for-7...Washington has lost three straight at Carolina...The Hurricanes are 5-1-1 at home.
11/05 22:26:59 ET