RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ron Francis scored his 18th goal of the season and Arturs Irbe collected 29 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 1-1 tie with the Washington Capitals Monday afternoon at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Carolina extended its unbeaten streak in overtime to 16 straight, dating to last season (3-0-13), and moved within one point of the New York Rangers for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Ron Francis made it 1-0, deflecting a shot by Paul Coffey from the left point past Kolzig 7:23 into the game for his 18th goal of the season, and moving within two of his 18th season of at least 20 goals.
Washington tied it when the teams skated 4-on-4 with Sean Hill of Carolina and Joe Murphy of Washington off for roughing. Ken Klee scored his fifth of the season, breaking toward the slot and tipping in a shot from Richard Zednik.
Carolina played without three top players because of injuries -- Sami Kapanen (shoulder), Gary Roberts (groin) and Glen Wesley (eye).
CAROLINA HURRICANES 1, WASHINGTON CAPITALS 1
FEBRUARY 21, 2000
CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:
On the game:
“I was very pleased with the way our hockey team played. I thought we played an excellent game. With the exception of Kolzig in the third period we won that hockey game. We maybe deserved a better fate but we played hard, we played gritty. We had some key guys out of our lineup.”
“I thought Archie was strong. He looked real solid in the net again. We want to win them. This is one of those teams in that group where we have to split. So a tie keeps us on track. We’re one game off the pace we need to be at we think. It was an important point given our injury situation.”
On the physical play:
“Halko got slashed and it split his skin…He was bleeding pretty good there. In the forearm. So he’s going to get it x-rayed to make sure that there are no broken bones. But it’s split from the outside, the doctors think. Gelinas got high-sticked in the face. There was a lot of bleeding going on. It’s surprising with the two referee system that there was so stickwork that I guess players felt they could do.”
WASHINGTON CAPITALS COACH RON WILSON:
On Klee’s goal celebration:
“You wanna get a little excited when you score. Especially in a game like that when our energy meter is not on 100. This is three games in less than four days with a lot of travel all on the road. You’re trailing with less than 10 minutes to go and you come up with a point, it’s huge.”
On whether the team would have been sharper if it had a chance to practice:
“Sure you’d be. But I thought we generated some good chances. I don’t think where we were shooting was great. A lot of middle-of-the-net stuff. We still had some chances – and we missed the net a lot too. We missed the net a ton. I was happy with the game.”
On Halpern’s in jury:
“He had these back spasms. He’s had these in the past and they’ve never lasted very long. It’s one of those day-to-day things.”
BOX SCORE 1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTALWashington 0 0 1 0 1Carolina 1 0 0 0 1First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Francis 18 (Coffey, Oneill), 7:43. Penalties: Malik, Car (holding stick), 10:09; Malik, Car (holding), 16:08.Second Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Reekie, Was (cross checking), 11:39; Karpa, Car (tripping), 14:08; Hill, Car (holding), 18:58; Oates, Was (holding), 19:26.Third Period: Scoring: 2, Washington, Klee 5 (Ri Zednik, Bulis), 11:31. Penalties: Sacco, Was ( double high sticking minor), 7:31; Irbe, Car served by Ranheim (roughing), 7:31; Hill, Car (roughing), 10:38; Murphy, Was (roughing), 10:38; Halko, Car (tripping), 14:49; C Johansson, Was (Obstr holding), 15:27.Overtime: Scoring: None. Penalties: Konowalchuk, Was (Obstr tripping), 2:22; Karpa, Car (slashing), 2:22; Ri Zednik, Was (cross checking), 4:50.SHOTS ON GOALWashington 8 9 11 2 --30Carolina 8 8 12 5 --33
Power-play Conversions: Was - 0 of 5, Car - 0 of 4. Goalies: Washington, Kolzig (33 shots, 32 saves; record: 26-19-9). Carolina, Irbe (30, 29; record: 22-21-8). A: 10,144. Referees: Marouelli, Murphy. Linesmen: Broseker, Dapuzzo.