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HURRICANES 3, CAPITALS 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Shane Willis scored his first NHL goal and his first three NHL points as the Carolina Hurricanes earned a tie with the Washington Capitals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena Saturday night.

Richard Zednik's wraparound goal with 1:47 left in the third period lifted the Washington Capitals into a 3-3 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Both teams were assessed minor penalties at the end of regulation, resulting in a 3-on-3 in overtime, but neither club generated a solid chance at the net.

With the game knotted at 2-2, Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour picked up a loose puck behind the net and slid a pass into the slot to Sami Kapanen, who jammed a shot under goalie Craig Billington's right pad while being pulled down by Adam Oates. It came at 9:18 of the third period and was Kapanen's second goal of the game.

Kapanen gave Carolina a 1-0 lead early in the first period by putting a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle over Billington's glove.

Defenseman Kevin Hatcher recorded a pair of assists in his first game with the Hurricanes, who are 2-0-3 in their last five home contests against the Capitals and 5-12-5 in season openers.

BOX SCORE

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Kapanen 1 (Hatcher, Willis), 3:20. Penalties: Sacco, Was (hooking), 3:44; J Murphy, Was ( double high sticking minor), 9:21; Wallin, Car (holding), 14:27; Klee, Was (high sticking), 16:46; Francis, Car (interference), 17:56.

Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Willis 1 (power play) (Kapanen, Ozolinsh), 6:04. 3, Washington, Bondra 1 (power play) (J Murphy, C Johansson), 7:51. 4, Washington, Konowalchuk 1 (power play) (C Johansson, Dahlen), 19:19. Penalties: Konowalchuk, Was (holding), 4:38; Battaglia, Car (slashing), 6:51; Konowalchuk, Was (hooking), 10:20; Zednik, Was (elbowing), 12:04; Konowalchuk, Was (boarding), 14:25; Battaglia, Car (hooking), 17:32; G Wesley, Car (boarding), 19:13.

Third Period: Scoring: 5, Carolina, Kapanen 2 (Brindamour, Willis), 9:18. 6, Washington, Zednik 1 (C Johansson, Oates), 18:13. Penalties: Battaglia, Car (hooking), 15:02; Klee, Was (holding), 18:53; Hatcher, Car (tripping), 19:12.

Overtime: Scoring: None.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Washington 5 15 6 2 --28
Carolina 9 5 9 4 --27

Power-play Conversions: Was - 2 of 7, Car - 1 of 9. Goalies: Washington, Billington (27 shots, 24 saves; record: 0-1-1). Carolina, Irbe (28, 25; record: 0-0-1). A:18,387. Referees: S Walkom, Warren. Linesmen: Nowak, Mach.

POST-GAME QUOTES

CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

OCTOBER 7, 2000

CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:

"I think we started well. Good speed and we put up a lot of shots on the first power play anyway. The first part of the second period turned the puck over an awful lot. I just didn’t think our power play real effective in the second period, obviously we came to the line with purpose and slowly they stacked the line. We ended up dumping it in and they dumped it out. I think the power play could generate more because the first power play was nice and we had some great opportunities. I believe the legs weren’t there until the third period. I thought we played a really strong third period. Obviously that was the game I think we’re going to play more of."

On the second period:

"You end up running your top-end guys so much… I thought they were there the first period and the third but in the second we were on the power play so much, you get a little deflated. So we got a little slowed down there in the second but I thought we came back in the third. Unfortunately we had to give one up like that."

WASHINGTON CAPITALS COACH RON WILSON:

On penalties:

"I don’t agree with some of the penalties. What the heck’s going on here? There were a few penalties. You know, just because a referee calls a penalty doesn’t mean it’s right and because he doesn’t call one doesn’t mean it’s a penalty. All you can do is try to score if you get a power play or kill it off. I’ve seen it in other games, marginal calls called late in the game. You’re at one end, and the same thing happens and the one ref doesn’t call it, come down the other end and the same thing happens and the guy calls it. That’s frustrating, but we still got the job done and that’s all that matters."

On fatigue:

"The third period I was worried we were losing our legs a little bit. The main guys were really cranking it out up there. We got great effort from the Halpern line. The Nikolishin line took a little while to get going, but they played well. And Adam Oates’ line was excellent as well."

On Peter Bondra:

"He was much better. He seems to be more suited playing with Niko right now than with anybody else. He got the job done."

On Kolzig:

"We try to play the same way (without him). I don’t think it matters. It’s like the starting pitchers in baseball – if you’re behind you try to play the same way. I expect him to play on Wednesday in Atlanta."

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