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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals


Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

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Hurricanes: 49-20-6 (104 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Capitals: 25-38-11 (61 pts.), Southeast Division, 5th place

Tonight's Game

The Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes visit the Verizon Center on Wednesday for the first of two consecutive road games against the Washington Capitals (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The teams will play again in the District on Friday, wrapping up their eight-game season series and a stretch in which the teams have met five times in a 14-day period. The Hurricanes won the teams' most recent meeting in overtime on Monday by a 6-5 margin at the RBC Center. Carolina has seven games remaining in its 82-game regular-season schedule, with all games against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Hurricanes' 104 points put them three points behind Ottawa for first place in the conference and 19 points ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division through games of April 3.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Defenseman Aaron Ward has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (4/1-4/3: 0g, 2a)
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour has scored goals and earned points in each of the last two games (4/1-4/3: 2g, 2a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is one assist shy of 300 NHL assists
  • Right wing Craig Adams is two games shy of 300 NHL/Hurricanes games played
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward is two points shy of 100 points for his NHL career
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is five assists shy of 600 assists for his NHL career
  • The Carolina Hurricanes eclipsed the previous franchise records for wins in a season (43), home wins in a season (27) and points in a season (93) with their 44th win (27th home win) of 2005-06 on March 14 against the New York Rangers

Television: FSN South
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh - flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)

Carolina Notes

On April 3, Hurricanes forward Josef Vasicek returned from a knee injury and subsequent surgery that sidelined him for 59 consecutive games. In his first game back, Vasicek recorded two goals and had two assists to earn first-star honors as the Hurricanes beat division rival Washington 6-5 in overtime. It was the first four-point game of Vasicek's career and his first multi-goal game and first multi-assist game of the season.

Vasicek, 25, is in his fifth NHL/Hurricanes season after Carolina selected him in the fourth round, 91st overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In 309 career games with the Hurricanes, the Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, native has scored 55 goals and earned 71 assists (126 points). He led the Hurricanes in goals (19) and points (45) during the 2003-04 season.

The Hurricanes currently post a 49-20-6 record, including a 26-10-2 record in 38 games since Dec. 31, and a 10-6-2 record since the Olympic Break. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. That home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes currently have the best home record in the league at 30-7-1 (61 points). With 104 points in their first 75 games, the Hurricanes now look to improve upon their franchise record for points in a season. The previous franchise-high for points in a season was 93, set by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal leads the Hurricanes with 92 points (42g, 50a). Through games of April 3, Staal ranked fifth in the NHL in points and tied for sixth in the league with 42 goals. He has notched points in 53 of the Hurricanes' 75 games this season. Through games of April 3, he ranked tied for eighth in the league with 18 power-play goals and tied for 15th with three shorthanded goals.

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 88-of-495 (17.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 333-of-404 (82.6%)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Andrew Ladd, lower body, day-to-day, missed 4 games
  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, lower body, day-to-day, missed 7 games
  • Left wing Erik Cole, fractured vertebra 3/4, out 6-8 weeks, missed 15 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

April 5 Wednesday Verizon Center 11:30 a.m.
April 6 Thursday none
April 7 Friday Verizon Center 11:30 a.m.
April 8 Saturday Philips Arena 11:30 a.m.
April 9 Sunday none
April 10 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 11 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 12 Wednesday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
April 13 Thursday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
April 14 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 15 Saturday St. Pete Times Forum 11:30 a.m.
April 16 Sunday none
April 17 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 18 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local. Times and locations subject to change

Against the Capitals

Wednesday marks the seventh of eight regular-season meetings between Carolina and Washington, and the second of three games between the teams this week. Carolina scored a 7-2 victory in the teams' first meeting on Oct. 12 at the RBC Center, and took a 4-0 shutout win at the MCI Center on Oct. 22. The Capitals won three straight games between the clubs, 5-2 on Jan. 21 in Washington, 3-1 on March 25 at the RBC Center and 5-1 on March 29 at the RBC Center, before Carolina scored a 6-5 overtime win in Raleigh on Monday.

Washington went 4-1-1-0 against Carolina in 2003-04. Justin Williams led Carolina with four points (2g, 2a) in the season series, despite playing in just three of the teams' six match ups. Now Detroit Red Wing Robert Lang led Washington in 2003-04 against Carolina with 11 points (6g, 5a) in the six meetings. The Hurricanes post a 31-55-14-1 all-time regular-season record against the Capitals, including a 16-25-10-1 home mark and a 15-30-4-0 record on the road.

Hurricanes vs. Capitals 2005-06 Schedule

Oct. 12 - RBC Center - W, 7-2
Oct. 22 - MCI Center - W, 4-0
Jan. 21 - MCI Center - L, 5-2
Mar. 25 - RBC Center - L, 3-1
Mar. 29 - RBC Center - L, 5-1
Apr. 3 - RBC Center - W, 6-5 (OT)
Apr. 5 - Verizon Center - 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 7 - Verizon Center - 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 12, 2005
Hurricanes 7, Washington 2
The Hurricanes broke their three-game streak of scoring two goals per game when the Washington Capitals visited the RBC Center. After falling behind early on a goal by Caps rookie standout Alex Ovechkin, the Hurricanes used Matt Cullen's first goal with Carolina to even the score. Eric Staal scored the Hurricanes' first power-play goal of 2005-06 to tie the game 2-2, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games (10/5-10/12: 5g, 3a). Staal later added three assists, the first coming on Bret Hedican's game-winner late in the second period. Hedican finished the game with a goal and two assists to earn first-star honors. The game was Staal's first four-point NHL game and first NHL three-assist game, and he earned the game's second star. Captain Rod Brind'Amour added a third-period power-play goal and had two assists, taking home third-star honors. First-year NHLer Niklas Nordgren notched his first NHL goal with 5:15 remaining in the game, closing the scoring on the Hurricanes' first seven-goal outing since a 7-3 win at Montreal on Nov. 23, 2002. Erik Cole and Justin Williams each scored their first goal of 2005-06 and gave Carolina seven different goal scorers in a game for the first time since Jan. 9, 2001, a 7-3 win against Florida at the RBC Center. Cam Ward got the win for the Hurricanes, stopping 26 of 28 shots.

Oct. 22, 2005
Hurricanes 4, Washington 0
Hurricanes netminders Cam Ward (1 save) and Martin Gerber (17 saves) recorded the first combined shutout in franchise history, and the team's first shutout of 2005-06 as Carolina took a 4-0 victory at Washington. Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist in his first regular-season game with the Hurricanes. Captain Rod Brind'Amour extended his goals and points streaks to four games (10/12-10/22: 5g, 2a), and Alternate Captain Cory Stillman earned first-star honors as he recorded his second multiple-point game (1g, 1a) of the season, extending his points streak to four games (10/12-10/22: 2g, 4a). Erik Cole recorded seven shots and two assists, extending his points streak to four games (10/12-10/22: 3g, 4a), and Matt Cullen scored his third goal of the season. The game was the fourth straight in which the Hurricanes collected at least one point, and the team's first shutout since a 2-0 win at Toronto on Jan. 27, 2004 (Kevin Weekes, 32 saves).

Jan. 21, 2006
Washington 5, Hurricanes 2
The Washington Capitals scored a 5-2 victory at the MCI Center to snap Carolina's second nine-game winning streak of the season. Hurricanes winger Erik Cole tied his career high for goals in a season when he beat Capitals netminder Olie Kolzig on a shorthanded penalty shot midway through the third period to make the score 3-1. Captain Rod Brind'Amour added his 21st goal of the season 2:13 later to bring Carolina within one, but Brooks Laich sealed the Washington victory with his fourth marker of the year with 3:14 remaining in the final period. Martin Gerber suffered his eighth loss of the season and first since Dec. 28 while stopping 22 of 26 shots. The game marked the Hurricanes debut of defenseman Anton Babchuk who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 20.

March 25, 2006
Washington 3, Hurricanes 1

The Washington Capitals jumped to an early lead when rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin scored just 1:50 into the game. Matt Pettingeer notched a shorthanded goal early in the second period to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead before Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour got the Hurricanes on the board with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 3:02 into the third stanza. Brind'Amour appeared to score again about five minutes later, but the goal was denied when it was ruled that Justin Williams was in the Washington crease. Minutes later, Capitals winger Dainius Zubrus redirected Bryan Muir's point shot to give Washington a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish. Martin Gerber stopped 18 of 21 Capitals shots in the game, but a first-star, 33-save performance from Washington netminder Olie Kolzig was the difference in the game.

March 29, 2006
Washington 5, Hurricanes 1

Capitals netminder Brent Johnson stopped 49 of 50 Hurricanes shots to earn his sixth win of the season as Washington took a 5-1 win from Carolina at the RBC Center. Matt Bradley scored twice for the Capitals, and rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin notched a power-play goal while Brian Willsie and Chris Clark also lit the lamp for Washington. Captain Rod Brind'Amour scored the Hurricanes lone goal during a second-period power play and winger Mark Recchi earned his first assist with Carolina on the play. Cam Ward started in net for the Hurricanes and stopped 23 of 28 shots he faced. The game marked the first time since Feb. 26, 1989, that the Hurricanes franchise had posted 50 or more shots in a game.

April 3, 2006
Hurricanes 6, Washington 5 (OT)

Forward Josef Vasicek returned to the Hurricanes' lineup after missing 59 games with a knee injury and ensuing surgery and scored two goals and earned two assists as Carolina beat Washington in overtime 6-5. The four-point outing was the first of Vasicek's career, and doubled by his linemate Justin Williams who had a goal and three assists on the game. Sniper Ray Whitney notched his second goal of the game when he blasted a Cory Stillman pass behind Capitals netminder Olie Kolzig 3:35 into the overtime period. Captain Rod Brind'Amour, centering Vasicek and Williams, had a three-point night, including his 30th goal of the season. Martin Gerber got the start in net for the Hurricanes and stopped 19 of 24 shots to earn his 36th win of the year.

12 Staal
11 Williams
61 Stillman
17 Brind'Amour

SV %
29 Gerber
30 Ward

8 Ovechkin
9 Zubrus
17 Clark

SV %
37 Kolzig
1 Johnson
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