TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT.
The Washington Capitals should be glad to get back to the MCI Center, even if it's only for one game.
Washington, which has been thoroughly outplayed in going winless on the road, hosts the Carolina Hurricanes before beginning a four-game trip.
Olaf Kolzig did his best to keep his team in the game, but the Capitals fell to 0-3 away from home with a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Washington has been outscored 18-5 on the road.
Kolzig made 46 saves, but Washington allowed a pair of power-play goals to a unit that entered the game ranked 29th in the NHL.
"Ollie gave us an opportunity to win a game as he always does," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "But at the end of the night we didn't deserve to win the hockey game."
Rookie Alexander Ovechkin scored both goals for Washington, giving the top pick in the 2004 draft a point in each of Washington's eight games - the longest scoring streak in the league.
"We're lucky to have him," Hanlon said. "He's an incredible person. He's had a great start to his season and it continues for him."
Washington, which is 3-2 at the MCI Center, begins its trip Wednesday with a matchup against the Buffalo Sabres.
Carolina opened its three-game trip with a 6-1 rout of the New Jersey Devils last Saturday, but had a two-game winning streak stopped with Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period on goals by Erik Cole and Cory Stillman, but allowed the game-winner with just 16 seconds left in overtime after Eric Staal received a penalty for high-sticking.
"That's a tough call," Staal said. "I didn't feel much coming around the corner but that's the call he made."
STANDINGS (through Oct. 20): Hurricanes - 7 points, 3rd place, 3 PB, Southeast Division. Capitals - 6 points, 4th place, 4 PB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Hurricanes - Staal, 5 goals, 6 assists and 11 points; Cole, 10 PIM. Capitals - Ovechkin, 6 goals and 10 points; Steve Eminger, 5 assists; Brendan Witt, 23 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 20): Hurricanes - Power play: 18.7 percent (6 for 32), 10th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.2 percent (29 for 34), 13th in NHL. Capitals - Power play: 13.3 percent (6 for 45), 21st in NHL. Penalty killing: 75.7 percent (50 for 66), 28th in NHL.
GOALTENDERS: Hurricanes - Cam Ward (3-1-1, 2.56 GAA); Martin Gerber (0-1-0, 6.00). Capitals - Kolzig (3-4-0, 4.09); Brent Johnson (0-1-0, 5.06).
SEASON SERIES: Hurricanes, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 12; Hurricanes, 7-2. At Raleigh, N.C., Staal had a goal and three assists to lead the Hurricanes.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hurricanes - 1-2-1 on the road; Capitals - 3-2-0 at home.
|Apr 07 '06||CAR 4 at WSH 3||J. Williams|
|Apr 05 '06||CAR 4 at WSH 3 - SO||M. Cullen|
|Apr 03 '06||WSH 5 at CAR 6 - OT||R. Whitney|
|Mar 29 '06||WSH 5 at CAR 1||M. Bradley|
|Mar 25 '06||WSH 3 at CAR 1||M. Pettinger|
|Jan 21 '06||CAR 2 at WSH 5||B. Clymer|
|Oct 22 '05||CAR 4 at WSH 0||C. Stillman|
|Oct 12 '05||WSH 2 at CAR 7||B. Hedican|