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Carolina
Hurricanes
40-34-8
Washington
Capitals
28-40-14

45 SOG
25 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
CAR
WSH
game recap

Hurricanes 3, Capitals 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 3, Capitals 0
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Washington Capitals 0

WASHINGTON (AP) -A scheduling quirk allowed Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette to give his team two full days off this week.

He wasn't quite sure if it was the right thing to do, given that the slumping defending Stanley Cup champions are struggling to make the playoffs. Would they lose their edge with that time away? Not a chance.

Cam Ward recorded his second career regular-season shutout, and Justin Williams, Niclas Wallin and Andrew Ladd scored leading Carolina to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

"Coach did us a favor," said Ward, whose other shutout also came against Washington. "We made it worthwhile by coming out tonight and working extremely hard throughout the entire game. Guys looked like they had some energy and played with a purpose."

He made 25 saves for Carolina, which entered the day in a three-way tie for the eighth and final Eastern Conference postseason berth with the idle Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers.

The Hurricanes had lost three of their previous four games, but they hadn't played since Sunday. Laviolette let his players rest Monday and Tuesday.

"You go two ways. You can come back from a couple days off and forget how to engage in the battles that go on, on the ice, and what it takes to be successful. ... So I was concerned about that," Laviolette said. "But I think, under the circumstances, where we sit, that automatically took care of that. The urgency had to be built in tonight just based on a quick glance at the standings."

The Capitals do not want to look at the standings at all. They've lost six consecutive games, 11 of 12, and only Philadelphia has fewer points in the East.

Washington also was shut out for the second straight game, something that hadn't happened to the club since February 2006.

Asked whether there's a light at the end of the tunnel, Washington coach Glen Hanlon laughed.

"It's a pretty long tunnel right now," he began, then sighed. "There will be tomorrow. I'm not having a lot of fun right now. I'm trying to see it."

Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, the Capitals' top two scorers, were limited to a combined eight shots, and Carolina's penalty-killing unit continued its recent form. The Hurricanes came in having killed off 27 of 28 penalties over the previous eight games. Washington went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Ward had two shutouts during the playoffs en route to being the MVP of the Hurricanes' run to the title. But he never held an opponent without a goal during a regular-season game until Nov. 9 of this season - in a 5-0 victory over Washington.

Capitals goalie Brent Johnson faced a much tougher task than Ward. Carolina finished with 45 shots, the first time in 19 games that Washington allowed 40 or more.

Ladd knocked in a rebound 1:42 into the second period, after Johnson blocked attempts by Scott Walker and Eric Staal.

The Hurricanes doubled their lead at the 12:53 mark of the third, when Washington's Donald Brashear sent the puck right to Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour, who set up Williams' 32nd goal. That allowed Brind'Amour to tie Denis Potvin for 59th in NHL history with 1,052 points.

Wallin added an empty-netter with 29.9 seconds left.

"We just kept plodding along," Laviolette said.

Notes: Capitals D John Erskine will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his thumb during a second-period fight with Walker. ... Capitals G Olie Kolzig missed his 11th consecutive game with a knee injury. Out since mid-February, he's expected to return next week.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:42
CAR
Andrew Ladd (8) ASST: Scott Walker (25), Eric Staal (35)
1 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
12:53
CAR
Justin Williams (32) ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (50)
2 - 0 CAR
19:30
CAR
EN - Niclas Wallin (2) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:22
WSH
Kris Beech  Tripping against  Scott Walker
08:03
WSH
Jiri Novotny  Hooking against  Craig Adams
10:37
CAR
Glen Wesley  Delaying the game
12:46
CAR
Josef Vasicek  Tripping against  Ben Clymer
17:59
CAR
David Tanabe  Delaying the game
18:29
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Interference against  Shaone Morrisonn
2nd Period
02:23
CAR
Tim Gleason  Fighting against  Ben Clymer
02:23
WSH
Ben Clymer  Fighting against  Tim Gleason
07:05
WSH
Brooks Laich  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Ladd
07:05
WSH
Brooks Laich  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Ladd
09:06
CAR
David Tanabe  Interference
12:23
CAR
Scott Walker  Roughing against  John Erskine
12:23
WSH
John Erskine  Roughing against  Scott Walker
12:23
WSH
John Erskine  Roughing against  Scott Walker
15:34
WSH
Brian Pothier  Delaying the game
3rd Period
16:48
WSH
Brooks Laich  Delaying the game
goalie stats
Cam Ward
SA: 25TOI: 59:58
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
SA: 44TOI: 59:29
Saves: 42EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .955SH: 2 - 2