RALEIGH, North Carolina (Sun Nov 7 21:15:04 1999) -- Bates Battaglia scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Carolina Hurricanes picked up their first win at the new Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Ron Francis picked up an assist on Battaglia's goal that gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 14:03 left in the second period. It was Francis' 1,049th career assist, tying him with the legendary Gordie Howe for fifth on the all-time list.
Jeff O'Neill added an insurance goal with less than two minutes left in the second period for the Hurricanes, who won for the first time in three tries at their new home. Carolina played its home games at the Greensboro Coliseum the last two seasons.
Arturs Irbe made 21 saves and Gary Roberts scored in the first period for the Hurricanes, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Glen Metropolit and Joe Sacco scored for the Capitals, who fell to 1-5-1 on the road.
Washington 1 0 1--2 Carolina 1 2 0--3 FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Carolina, Roberts 3 (Oneill, Kovalenko),4:53. 2, Washington, Metropolit 3 (Gonchar, Bondra), 7:09. Penalties:Bulis, Was (Obstr hooking), 8:43; Witt, Was (interference), 11:21; Oneill,Car (holding stick), 19:35.SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Carolina, Battaglia 5 (Malik, Francis),5:57. 4, Carolina, Oneill 4 (Kovalenko, Roberts), 18:45. Penalties: Witt,Was (hooking), 9:26; Oneill, Car (roughing), 19:16.THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Washington, Sacco 1 (Simon, Nikolishin),2:52. Penalties: Wesley, Car (high sticking), 5:55; Oates, Was (goalieinterference), 9:39.Shots on goal: Washington 10 5 8--23Carolina 9 9 4--22 Power-play Conversions: Was - 0 of 3, Car - 0 of 5. Goalies:Washington, Kolzig (22 shots, 19 saves; record: 4-6-2). Carolina, Irbe(23, 21; record: 4-3-3). A:12,624. Referees: Kimmerly, Jackson.Linesmen: Morin, M Pare.
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