Capitals end preseason with win against Hurricanes | Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 6:28 PM

Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen each had two assists and Braden Holtby stopped 19 of 21 shots in the Washington Capitals' 5-2 preseason win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center on Sunday.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jason Chimera opened the scoring for the Capitals, who finished the preseason 5-3-0. Troy Brouwer, Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich (shorthanded) scored in the second period.

"It was probably the closest look we've had to a full lineup," Orpik said. "We got a few guys still banged up, so that's usually the case all throughout the season, but you can kind of see a little more chemistry tonight, a little more comfort with certain guys, as opposed to previous games."

Jiri Tlusty and John-Michael Liles each had a power-play goal for the Hurricanes (2-5-0).

"We've got to take a step back here, and [Monday] is a scheduled day off, and it will probably stay that way," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "To a man, they understand that was not good enough, not even close. It is unacceptable."

Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.

The Capitals begin the regular season Thursday at home against the Montreal Canadiens. The Hurricanes open against the New York Islanders on Friday at PNC Arena.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:20WSH Evgeny Kuznetsov (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Liam O'Brien (1), Chris Brown (1) 1 - 0 WSH
05:54WSH Jason Chimera (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brooks Laich (1), Matt Niskanen (1) 2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
01:54CAR PPG - Jiri Tlusty (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Riley Nash (1), Ryan Murphy (1) 2 - 1 WSH
03:28WSH Troy Brouwer (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brooks Orpik (1), Andre Burakovsky (1) 3 - 1 WSH
09:55WSH Alex Ovechkin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brooks Orpik (2), Marcus Johansson (1) 4 - 1 WSH
16:03WSH SHG - Brooks Laich (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Troy Brouwer (1), Matt Niskanen (2) 5 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
02:08CAR PPG - John-Michael Liles (1) Slapshot - ASST: Alexander Semin (1), Jiri Tlusty (1) 5 - 2 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Troy Brouwer
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:47
Jason Chimera
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 12:14
Brooks Orpik
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 20:03
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:04WSH Brooks Laich  Hooking  - 2 min against  Justin Faulk
12:34CAR Alexander Semin  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jason Chimera
18:05CAR Elias Lindholm  Slashing  - 2 min against  Troy Brouwer
18:17WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Closing hand on puck  - 2 min
19:58WSH Alex Ovechkin served by Chris Brown  Charging  - 2 min against  Eric Staal
19:58CAR Eric Staal  Elbowing  - 2 min against  John Carlson
19:58WSH Alex Ovechkin  Roughing  - 2 min against  Eric Staal
2nd Period
06:03WSH John Carlson  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jiri Tlusty
11:06WSH Marcus Johansson  Holding  - 2 min against  Tim Gleason
15:31WSH Evgeny Kuznetsov  Tripping  - 2 min against  Chris Terry
16:49WSH Jason Chimera  Slashing  - 2 min against  John-Michael Liles
3rd Period
00:41WSH Karl Alzner  Interference  - 2 min against  Elias Lindholm
02:52CAR Chad LaRose  Hooking  - 2 min against  Karl Alzner
09:21CAR Eric Staal  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Liam O'Brien
15:00WSH Chris Brown  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/90/4
Faceoff Wins3521
Blocked Shots1414
Penalty Minutes1020
4A. SekeraD00-23020:37
6T. GleasonD00-11018:12
7R. MurphyD01-11019:42
12E. StaalC00-23420:45
14N. GerbeL00-30017:02
16E. LindholmC00-11213:20
18J. McClementC00-11013:56
19J. TlustyR11-22023:05
20R. NashC01-11013:23
22Z. BoychukL00-10011:28
25C. TerryL0000017:54
26J. LilesD10-11017:38
27J. FaulkD00-33021:26
28A. SeminR01-20220:48
49V. RaskC00-11016:38
53J. SkinnerL000000:12
59C. LaRoseR00-1029:43
65R. HainseyD00-23016:11
30C. Ward00.0000:00
31A. Khudobin3338.86860:00
2M. NiskanenD0221020:37
8A. OvechkinL1014415:57
16E. FehrC0003015:58
19N. BackstromC0005215:50
20T. BrouwerR1121016:47
21B. LaichC1122213:18
25J. ChimeraL1012212:14
27K. AlznerD0021215:43
38J. HillenD0012018:20
42J. WardR0012015:04
44B. OrpikD0233020:03
65A. BurakovskyL0122012:04
67C. BrownC0111012:09
74J. CarlsonD0022222:05
87L. O'BrienC011109:53
88N. SchmidtD0003017:47
90M. JohanssonL0122215:19
92E. KuznetsovC1011213:55
35J. Peters00.0000:00
70B. Holtby1921.90559:33