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Patrick Eaves scores 2 as Hurricanes rout the Capitals 5-2

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WASHINGTON - Carolina's Patrick Eaves scored twice, and the Hurricanes produced goals every which way - penalty shot, short handed, power play, even strength - in a 5-2 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday night.

It was Washington's second consecutive lopsided loss at home.

Eaves entered with three goals in 57 games this season, but he nearly doubled that output in a 10 1/2-minute span of the second period against rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth, who started for Washington because Jose Theodore had the flu.

Eric Staal scored on a penalty shot, Eaves and Matt Cullen put in short-handed goals less than four minutes apart, Chad LaRose tallied during a 5-on-5, and Eaves' power-play goal made it 5-0 with about two minutes left in the second period.

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