NHL Game Summary - Washington at Carolina
(Friday, November 30th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Washington 3
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored a pair of goals and Cam Ward stopped 31 shots to help Carolina hold off a late charge and stifle the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at RBC Center.
Cory Stillman and Matt Cullen also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak as they closed a two-game homestand.
Ward was tremendous, earning the win despite seeing his team outshot 34-19 and facing 16 shots in the final period.
"Well, the win went our way," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "The third period was sloppy but I thought that we generated some chances and put some pucks at the net, traffic at the net."
Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power-play goals to increase his season total to 19, and Michael Nylander had an assist to go with his third-period tally, but the Caps couldn't capitalize on a man-advantage within the final two minutes to provide an equalizer.
Olaf Kozlig stopped 15 shots in a losing effort for stumbling Washington, which has lost 12 times in its last 15 games, including each of its last three.
"You need secondary scoring," Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau. "It's not hard to play against us if Alex and his linemates are the only ones producing on the power play. I thought we played really hard and everything else but sometimes playing really hard is not good enough. You've got to get those other people to be able to score and it's not like they're not getting chances. They're getting chances, they've just got to be able to put them in. That's the name of the game."
Ovechkin put the Caps on top at the 2:35 mark of the first just two seconds into a power play when Nylander won a face off cleanly, firing a slap shot from straight on that whizzed past Ward for a 1-0 Washington lead.
Carolina answered with 10:10 remaining in the period when Eric Staal fired a shot that slid across the crease and off the chest of Stillman, who knocked it in to bring the Hurricanes even.
Cullen broke the tie nearly six minutes into the second when he beat Kolzig off an assist from Ray Whitney, and Brind'Amour made it a 3-1 game just over 14 minutes in when he deflected a Tim Gleason shot past the goaltender.
Just 32 seconds into the third period, Ovechkin cut the Carolina lead in half when he scored on the power play again, putting back a rebound following a Alexander Semin shot.
But Brind' Amour notched his second goal of the game to make it 4-2 at the 3:47 mark. The veteran forward corralled a rebound by the endboards to Kolzig's right, and slapped the puck back toward the crease. Kolzig redirected it, but it went right off the stick of a defender and bounced back into the net before he could recover.
Nylander made it interesting with just over four minutes to go when he took a pass on the doorstep from Viktor Kozlov and beat Hall to the short side.
Justin Williams' delay of game penalty with a little more than a minute and a half to go and pulling Kolzig gave the Caps a two-man advantage, but despite continuing to pepper Ward, Washington couldn't force overtime.
Brind'Amour recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season, and his third two-goal game...Ovechkin also had his third two-goal game of the year, and added an assist for his second three-point night; he also had one goal disallowed during the second period....Washington has dropped four straight and six of their last seven in trips to Raleigh.
11/30 22:53:27 ET