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Capitals extend point streak to 14 games

Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov scores two goals in win against Hurricanes

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals extended their point streak to 14 games, tied for the second-longest in their history, with a 6-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center on Monday.

Washington is 12-0-2 during the streak and has scored at least four goals in eight consecutive games. The Capitals went 14-0-1 from Jan. 13-Feb. 10 in 2010.

Dmitry Orlov scored twice and Braden Holtby made 25 saves for the Capitals (32-9-6). Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller also scored.

 

WATCH: All Hurricanes vs. Capitals highlights

 

"We're feeling good in here," Oshie said. "From the forward standpoint, we got all four lines rolling and with our depth and our ability when every line's going, we're tough to stop. Things are going well right now. Mentally, we've got to keep our foot on the gas, though."

Jordan Staal scored for Carolina (21-19-7), which has lost four in a row. Cam Ward made 19 saves.

Staal scored at 4:39 of the first period on the power play with a one-timer from the slot to give Carolina a 1-0 lead.

Orlov tied it with a power-play goal at 11:49 with a shot from the left circle, and Williams gave Washington a 2-1 lead when he scored his 17th goal of the season at 17:05.

Orlov's second goal of the game, a slap shot from the point, gave Washington a 3-1 lead at 8:06 of the second period.

Kuznetsov made it 4-1 at 18:40 of the second period when he put his own rebound past Ward for his seventh goal of the season.

Oshie gave Washington a 5-1 lead at 13:30 of the third period, and Eller made it 6-1 with 2:47 remaining for his seventh goal of the season.

"They got to our net," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "They were at our net, made it hard on us. I don't think we did a good enough job boxing out down low and they were able to capitalize on that situation."

 

Goal of the game

Staal buried a pass from Elias Lindholm from down low for Carolina's only lead of the game.

Video: CAR@WSH: Staal strikes quickly on a power play

 

Save of the game

Ward robbed Burakovsky with his glove with 1:40 remaining in the first period.

Video: CAR@WSH: Ward flashes the leather on Burakovsky

 

Highlight of the game

Orlov's blast from the point gave Washington a two-goal lead midway through the second period for his second NHL career multigoal game.

Video: CAR@WSH: Orlov's one-timer deflects in for PPG

 

Unsung performance of the game

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner blocked five shots, had four hits and was plus-2 in 19:55 of ice time. He also had two assists.

 

They said it

"We talked about it actually after the second; try and get one a period and make it three. But he's not selfish. He wanted to go out there and make the right play. He had a chance maybe in the third there at the end, but that guy was coming into his lane so he tried to make a play. It's just [Orlov] being the great guy that he is." -- Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on Dmitry Orlov's attempt for a hat trick

 

"We think about defense, not try to go offensive all the time. Coach said to us we need to be smart. If you have a chance, go, but not make a stupid play, not make turnovers. Just play simple and everything gonna be fine." -- Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov

 

"There's a lot of work left to be done. We were playing well heading into it and [have] come off it a little bit, so now we've got to get ourselves regrouped. We want to go into the All-Star break with a good taste in our mouth and then be able to enjoy the All-Star break, come back and reset." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

 

Need to know

Washington is 23-1-1 when leading after the second period. … Orlov had his second career multiple-goal game; his first was March 2, 2014, against the Philadelphia Flyers. ... With an assist on Oshie's goal, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom extended his point streak to 10 games.

 

What's next

Hurricanes: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-SE, NHL.TV)

Capitals: At the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; CSN-DC+, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)

 

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