RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Michal Neuvirth stopped 29 shots for his first NHL shutout, and the Washington Capitals beat Carolina 3-0 on Wednesday night to spoil the Hurricanes' first game on home ice.
Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals, including an empty-netter, and Matt Hendricks also scored for the Capitals. They began a three-game road swing by winning their second straight.
The 22-year-old Neuvirth made several highlight-reel stops. He snatched a wrist shot out of the air from Eric Staal, and stuffed a nifty wraparound backhander from 18-year-old rookie Jeff Skinner.
Carolina was the last NHL team to play on home ice after opening with seven straight road games, including trips to Russia for an exhibition, Finland for the opener and down the West Coast. By the team's count, they traveled more than 15,000 miles and across 11 time zones.
NEW YORK (AP) - Niclas Bergfors had a goal and an assist and Atlanta scored twice early in the third period and held on end an 0-2-1 skid and snap New York's winning streak at three games.
Bergfors gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the second period and assisted on Dustin Byfuglien's power-play goal in the third that stretched the Thrashers' edge to three goals. Bryan Little, Evander Kane, Eric Boulton and Andrew Ladd also scored and Chris Mason made 24 saves.
Ryan Callahan, Sean Avery, Todd White and Brian Boyle had goals for the Rangers, who started backup goalie Martin Biron over Henrik Lundqvist for the second time this season.