|CAR||2||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|WSH||0||2||1||1||(0 - 0)||4|
The Caps, owners of the NHL's best record, spotted last-place Carolina a two-goal lead and then couldn't hold a 3-2 lead in the third period. But Green scored 1:16 into overtime to give Washington a 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes on Friday night.
The game-winner was atonement for Green, whose turnover during a third-period power play resulted in Tim Gleason's game-tying shorthanded goal with 6:30 left in regulation after the Caps had rallied to take a 3-2 lead.
"I didn't even see him behind the guy that was standing in front of me," Green said. "I was chasing him, but he had a great shot."
"I got lucky there and was just excited it went in," Green said. "I didn't have a great game, so it's a great feeling."
Despite scoring the game-winner, Green apologized for his play afterward.
"I said, 'No need to apologize," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Really good players, if they're having a bad game, still have a tendency to step up and be in the limelight at some point on a positive note."
Gleason had his face bloodied by a puck earlier in the game but stayed on the ice. He received 30 stitches afterward.
"That shows the type of player he is, the character he has, the toughness he brings to the team," center Eric Staal said. "It was a huge goal he had. It got us a point."
The Hurricanes, last in the overall standings, started out as if they'd have no problem leaving the VerizonCenter with two points.
Newcomer Jiri Tlusty put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at 2:01 of the first period with his first goal since March 29, 2008, with Toronto. Tlusty was making his Carolina debut after being called up from Albany of the AHL earlier Friday. Staal stuffed a shot past Jose Theodore at 13:56 after taking a pass from Patrick Dwyer, another call-up from Albany, giving Carolina a 2-0 lead on just three shots.
But Alexander Semin tied it by scoring twice in the second period, and Tomas Fleischmann gave Washington its first lead 2:52 into the third period, hammering home a pass from Mathieu Perreault during a delayed penalty.
It looked like that might be enough until Green's giveaway led to Gleason's goal. But the Caps, who've won all eight games against Southeast Division rivals this season, got the extra point when Green beat Ward, dropping the Hurricanes to 1-12-3 on the road. Ward made 36 saves, but the Capitals outshot Carolina 40-19 as they rebounded from a 3-0 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday.
Boudreau said the disparity in shots was deceptive.
"Even though the shots were pretty one-sided, on the basis of scoring chances they had as many or more than we did," he said.
The Caps outshot the 'Canes 14-4 in the opening period but were struggling in the second until Semin fired a shot from the right circle that went through Brett Carson's legs and over Ward's shoulder at 13:07.
"Up until that point we couldn't score," Semin said. "Once we scored, we started playing great."
Semin tied it with less than a second remaining, lifting a loose puck over the prone Ward.
"We're playing at home in front of our fans and we were two goals down. There was nothing else to do but start playing great and start shooting," Semin said through an interpreter. "Otherwise we wouldn't have won that game."
|Jiri Tlusty (1) Tip-in - ASST: Brandon Sutter (5), Tom Kostopoulos (2)|
1 - 0 CAR
|Eric Staal (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (3), Aaron Ward (6)|
2 - 0 CAR
|Alexander Semin (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (13), Jeff Schultz (6)|
2 - 1 CAR
|Alexander Semin (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (26)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Tomas Fleischmann (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Mathieu Perreault (5), John Erskine (2)|
3 - 2 WSH
|SHG - Tim Gleason (5) Slapshot - ASST: NONE|
3 - 3 Tie
|Mike Green (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (27), Alex Ovechkin (14)|
4 - 3 WSH
|Ray Whitney Hooking against Mike Green|
|Alex Ovechkin Too many men/ice - bench|
|Andrew Alberts Delaying Game-Puck over glass against Matt Bradley|
|Brooks Laich Hooking against Scott Walker|
|Joni Pitkanen Interference against Alex Ovechkin|