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Chad LaRose gives Hurricanes shootout win over Capitals @NHL

Chad LaRose scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

The contest marked the first time three rookie defencemen have scored goals in a game since Toronto and Chicago did it on March 8, 1947. Carolina rookies Jamie McBain and Bryan Rodney had first-period goals, and Washington rookie defenceman John Carlson also connected. Alexander Semin also scored for the Capitals.

Washington outshot the Hurricanes 43-31.

Manny Legace was the winner in goal, while Semyon Varlamov took the loss.

Carolina took the lead at 2:11 of the first on a power-play goal from McBain, who beat Varlamov on a one-timer from the high slot. McBain has points in five of his first six NHL games.

Rodney doubled Carolina's lead at 9:09 when he scored from the slot on an even-strength rush for his first NHL goal.

Semin got Washington on the board at 1:43 of the second with a five-hole goal from between the circles for his 35th goal of the season. It was his 23rd goal in 29 career games against Carolina.

Carlson tied it at 2:12 of the third, beating Legace on an even-strength rush for his first NHL goal in his 46 games.

NOTES: Rookie defenceman Drayson Bowman was recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League. ... Washington has a club-record 109 points.

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