Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-4 win against the Washington Capitals at PNC Arena on Saturday.
Alex Ovechkin moved up to third in NHL history with his 256th power-play goal for the Capitals (27-8-5), who have lost two of their past three games. Washington defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime Friday.
Carolina (23-14-2), which lost 5-3 at the New York Rangers on Friday, opened a seven-game homestand with its first win in four games (1-3-0).
"We'd lost three in a row," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We needed a win desperately, and Washington's got a huge cushion (for first place in the Metropolitan Division), so we needed to be the desperate team and be the team that needed to win."
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Lucas Wallmark gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 10:38 of the first period with a power-play goal on a one-timer from the right face-off circle off a pass from Nino Niederreiter.
"I thought we really had some good chances to start the game and were getting some opportunities and didn't convert," Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. "Then we take two penalties, they go 5-on-3 and score [eight seconds after the first penalty ended]."
Wallmark has four goals and four assists during a six-game point streak.
"I didn't know if [Niederreiter] saw me from the beginning, but then he made a great pass to me," he said. "I was a little lucky it went it. It was a big goal for us."
Foegele scored off a pass from Jordan Staal on a 2-on-1 rush to make it 2-0 eight seconds into the second period.
Video: WSH@CAR: Foegele pots early 2nd period blast
Washington pulled within 2-1 at 3:26 when Nic Dowd entered the zone 2-on-1 with Brendan Leipsic, kept the puck, and beat goalie Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Dougie Hamilton scored off a backhand pass from Foegele on a 2-on-1 at 5:12 to make it 3-1.
Ovechkin passed Teemu Selanne and got the Capitals within 3-2 when he scored with a one-timer from the left circle at 9:56. He is nine power-play goals behind Brett Hull for second in NHL history (265) and 18 behind Dave Andreychuk for first (274).
Video: WSH@CAR: Ovechkin moves past Selanne on PPGs list
Foegele scored shorthanded at 13:02 when he won a puck battle against two Capitals in front of the Washington net and jammed it past goalie Braden Holtby to make it 4-2.
"We're just battling adversity," Foegele said. "I think lately if something doesn't go our way, we're not responding the right way. Tonight, it was good to see us keep the foot forward and go from there."
Evgeny Kuznetsov split two Hurricanes defensemen and beat Mrazek five-hole on the power play to make it 4-3 at 2:00 of the third period.
Martin Necas scored on a rebound at 3:20 to put Carolina ahead 5-3.
Video: WSH@CAR: Necas gathers puck, sends it home
"They had some responses right away after our goals, and unfortunately we couldn't keep them out," Capitals defenseman Radko Gudas said. "I thought we kept coming back. We had some great looks, hit a couple posts."
Andrei Svechnikov made it 6-3 with an empty-net goal at 15:58, and Gudas scored at 18:43 for the 6-4 final.
They said it
"We started making some pushes and couldn't string together a bunch of shifts in a row that we could really turn the corner on the game, and they were able to capitalize on their chances." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden
"We knew we had to play a simple game. We know how good they are. Get the pucks in deep. Forechecked hard and tried to get on them, and when we play that way, we're a good team." -- Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton
Need to know
Capitals forward Tom Wilson (lower body injury) was scratched and is day to day. ... Washington defenseman Christian Djoos did not play after the first period because of an upper-body injury. ... Capitals defenseman John Carlson had two assists. It was his ninth multiassist game and 16th multipoint game of the season. ... Hurricanes forward Ryan Dzingel had two assists and has four in his past three games. ... Niederreiter has one goal and four assists during a four-game point streak. ... It was Foegele's fourth multipoint game of the season.
Capitals: Host the New York Islanders on Tuesday (1 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSWA, MSG+, NHL.TV)
Hurricanes: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET: FS-CR, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)
Video: Foegele leads Hurricanes to 6-4 victory