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Washington
Capitals
28-40-14
Carolina
Hurricanes
40-34-8

10 SOG
39 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
CAR
game recap

Hurricanes 4, Capitals

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Capitals
Washington Capitals 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Four days of rest made a difference for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd scored in the first 2 minutes of the third period, and the more-rested Hurricanes rallied for a 4-3 victory over Washington on Thursday night to hand the Capitals their first loss in regulation in the 25 games they have led going into the final 20 minutes.

The Capitals, who lost at Buffalo on Wednesday, were outshot 39-10 by the Hurricanes. Through two periods, Washington only needed six shots to hold a 3-2 lead.

"We had a lot of chances and it was just a matter of time," said Staal, whose goal 22 seconds into the third period tied the game. "We got a couple of nice plays to get ahead and it was a nice win."

Ladd, who has scored three of his nine goals against Washington, got the winner less than 2 minutes later.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice for Washington, notching his second multi-goal game in six contests. He almost had a hat trick, but his shot in the final second was blocked in front by Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin.

"They played well defensively. We just didn't shoot it," Ovechkin said.

Cam Ward relieved John Grahame in goal at the start of the third period and earned his 28th win of the season. Grahame allowed three goals on six shots through 40 minutes. Ward faced only four shots in his first appearance in 11 days since lacerating his knee against the New York Rangers.

Mike Commodore scored Carolina's 10th short-handed goal 4 minutes into the second period to tie it 1-1. Chris Clark got the lead back for Washington with a power-play goal a minute later.

Erik Cole had a power-play goal on a deflection for Carolina to make it 2-2 at 12:38 of the second period before Ovechkin got his second of the game 5 minutes later.

Washington's 10 shots matched Carolina's franchise record for fewest allowed, most recently on Jan. 3, 1999 against Montreal. The Capitals also managed only one shot in the first period, which also matched a season-low total allowed by Carolina.

Carolina has won four of its last six games and still is fighting for a playoff spot.

"Obviously when you see a low shot total, you know its a good night defensively," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.

Notes: Carolina C Josef Vasicek has assists in three straight games. ... Washington C Jiri Novotny had two assists.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:16
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (42) ASST: Alexander Semin (31), Jiri Novotny (11)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
04:01
CAR
SHG - Mike Commodore (6) ASST: Josef Vasicek (15), Justin Williams (31)
1 - 1 Tie
04:59
WSH
PPG - Chris Clark (28) ASST: Alexander Semin (32), Brian Pothier (23)
2 - 1 WSH
12:38
CAR
PPG - Erik Cole (26) ASST: Justin Williams (32), Scott Walker (26)
2 - 2 Tie
17:54
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (43) ASST: Alexandre Giroux (2), Jiri Novotny (12)
3 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
00:22
CAR
Eric Staal (27) ASST: Erik Cole (29), Cory Stillman (17)
3 - 3 Tie
01:52
CAR
Andrew Ladd (9) ASST: Craig Adams (7), David Tanabe (11)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
07:47
WSH
Brian Pothier  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
14:10
WSH
Milan Jurcina  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
2nd Period
03:48
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Hooking against  Brooks Laich
08:25
WSH
Alexandre Giroux  Hi-sticking against  Glen Wesley
10:42
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Too many men on the ice
3rd Period
03:10
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Holding the stick against  Ray Whitney
14:17
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Chris Clark
14:17
WSH
Chris Clark  Roughing against  Tim Gleason
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 39TOI: 59:08
Saves: 35EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 1
Cam Ward
SA: 4TOI: 20:00
Saves: 4EV: 4 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
John Grahame
SA: 6TOI: 39:55
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0