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Well, the Canes now have some space in the Southeast Division after a three-day period produced wins over closest competitors
The Hurricanes disposed of the Capitals on Saturday 6-3, matching a season-high with four power-play goals while holding NHL leader Alexander Ovechkin without a goal.
“It was intense right off the bat and it felt like a playoff game pretty much the whole way through,” said Eric Staal. “We competed hard and it was obviously a big win for our team. It’s something we want to continue to build on.”
It was also the third straight game in which the Canes registered at least 40 shots, getting 42 in this one to improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven games at the
“We’re just putting everything on the net and crashing,” said Joe Corvo, who scored his first goal as a
The Hurricanes wasted little time taking charge in the second period, getting power-play goals from Matt Cullen and Erik Cole in the opening 5:56.
The Canes were outshooting the Caps 12-2 in the period before Gleason was slapped with an interference penalty, giving
But Staal notched his 30th late in the second to give the Canes some momentum and the lead heading into the third, a period in which they’ve dominated all season with an NHL-best 77 goals. Staal picked up a loose rebound and emptied the puck into a wide open net to match his goal total of last year with 17 games remaining.
Andrew Ladd poked home his ninth of the season 3:50 into the third to give the Canes a two-goal cushion. Once again, the goal was produced by the skating of Sergei Samsonov, who circled away from a
Four minutes later, Corvo scored the team’s fourth with the man advantage. The power-play outburst came against a team that hadn’t been scored on shorthanded in 22 chances spanning six games.
“When you’re doing things the right way on the power play and you’re attacking and there is movement there are a lot of shots, so my last words when we left the meeting today was ‘Keep doing the same thing, they’re going to drop’ and they sure did tonight,” coach Peter Laviolette said.
“We felt like we were getting close the last few games,” added Corvo. “We felt like we were close to the dam breaking.”
The Canes had a two-man advantage over the final 43.5 seconds of the first, but couldn’t crack Kolzig despite buzzing around the
The Canes fell behind 1-0 early in the first when the Caps broke out on a 4-on-2 break led by Ovechkin, who slid a nice pass over to Mike Green for his 16th of the season. Less than a minute earlier, Ward kept
Ovechkin assisted on the first three
“We know where the other teams are, they’ve been on our backs,” Bret Hedican said. “We think that of all the other teams (in the Southeast)
NOTES: The last time the franchise recorded 40 or more shots in three straight games was March 1987. …