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Hurricanes
45-30-7

32 SOG
30 SOG
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game recap

Hurricanes 4, Capitals 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:21 AM

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The defense did everything for the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night, from scoring to shutting down the Washington Capitals' potent offense.

Cam Ward made 31 saves, and Rod Brind'Amour and defensemen Joni Pitkanen, Anton Babchuk and Joe Corvo scored goals in Carolina's 4-1 victory over the Capitals.

Carolina extended its home winning streak to eight games, the Hurricanes' longest home streak since their Stanley Cup championship season in 2005-06. Carolina beat the Southeast Division-leading Capitals for the third time this season.

"The fans have created a tremendous atmosphere here and we've been able to rally behind them," Ward said.

Mike Green scored for Washington. He leads NHL defensemen with 28 goals. Alex Ovechkin managed only one assist on the night, while Alexander Semin was shut out.

"You've got to play those guys tough," Corvo said. "You've got to get under their skin. We took a lot of their weapons away."

Brind'Amour opened the scoring at 3:53 of the second period, beating Jose Theodore with a low shot from the slot. Brind'Amour has goals in five of his last eight games.

"Scoring the first goal has been key," Ward said. "Despite the start we had we were able to get the lead and go from there."

Green tied the it with 33 seconds left in the second period when he collected a lively rebound in the center of the right circle and beat Ward, who was unable to get back across the crease to defend Green's quick release.

But that was the only offense the Capitals were able generate. Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said his team effort was not the same in the third period.

"We were really good in the first and then we started to turn the puck over in the second and third," Boudreau said. "We made a couple of mistakes."

The Hurricanes got the winner from Pitkanen 4:42 into the third period just after killing off Brind'Amour's hooking penalty. Pitkanen took a pass from Eric Staal as he skated in front of the crease and flipped it in with a backhander.

Babchuk scored with 6:17 left after taking a pass from Dennis Seidenberg at the top of the crease. Babchuk's first shot was blocked, but he scored on the rebound.

"The puck went into our net too many times," said Washington forward Sergei Fedorov. "We were just disorganized."

Corvo's goal came in the final minute when he cleared the puck on a penalty kill. Washington pulled Theodore for an extra skater and the net was open.

Carolina has been in a tight race for the remaining playoff spots in the Eastern Conference and will play all but two of its remaining seven games on home ice.

Notes: The Hurricanes have recorded at least 30 shots in their last 18 games. The Capitals lost in regulation on the road for only the second time in their last 12 games since the All-Star break. ... Ward started for a career-high 21st straight game. ... Green extended his goal streak to three straight.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:53
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (16), Sergei Samsonov (30)
1 - 0 CAR
19:26
WSH
Mike Green (28) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (57), Alex Ovechkin (44)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
04:42
CAR
Joni Pitkanen (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Eric Staal (31), Chad LaRose (12)
2 - 1 CAR
13:43
CAR
Anton Babchuk (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (22), Ray Whitney (44)
3 - 1 CAR
19:01
CAR
SHG - EN - Joe Corvo (14) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
03:04
WSH
Matt Bradley  Interference against  Chad LaRose
12:41
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Hooking against  Tim Gleason
19:22
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Cross checking against  Nicklas Backstrom
2nd Period
09:45
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Interference against  Jussi Jokinen
3rd Period
02:28
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Hooking against  Michael Nylander
05:31
WSH
Mike Green  Hi-sticking against  Ray Whitney
09:44
WSH
Tomas Fleischmann  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jussi Jokinen
09:44
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Hooking against  Tomas Fleischmann
12:09
CAR
Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Alexander Semin
12:09
WSH
Alexander Semin  Roughing against  Tim Gleason
17:08
WSH
Mike Green  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
17:08
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Hi-sticking against  Mike Green
18:13
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Boarding against  Alex Ovechkin
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 29TOI: 59:05
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
33-22-5
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .969SH: 2 - 2