Carolina
Hurricanes
43-33-6
Washington
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43-31-8

37 SOG
34 SOG
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game recap

Capitals 5, Hurricanes 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:12 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Hurricanes 2
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Washington Capitals 5

WASHINGTON (AP) -Whatever Bruce Boudreau has done to energize the Washington Capitals' woeful power play is paying dividends.

Good luck, however, getting any of the Capitals to elaborate on their interim coach's newfangled man-advantage strategy.

"I can't tell you," Michael Nylander said with a smile. "Seriously, I can't say anything."

Nylander had a goal and two assists, Alexander Ovechkin scored twice, and the Capitals won their second straight under Boudreau with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Washington's first three goals came on the power play, a welcome departure for a team which hadn't scored more than two in a game this season. And Nylander, who was in the middle of all three tallies, was tightlipped about any changes Boudreau has instituted.

"We've just got to keep believing we have a strong power play," he said.

Boudreau deftly sidestepped a question about the resurgent specialty unit, saying he'd done little but listen to the suggestions of assistant coach Jay Leach and trust in his players' abilities.

"The power play is a great equalizer if you can be successful at it," Boudreau said. "Tonight, we were successful. ... We haven't tweaked it a lot, only we're being more aggressive."

Mike Green and Boyd Gordon also scored for Washington, which is 2-0 since Glen Hanlon was fired Thursday. The consecutive victories are the Capitals' first since Oct. 6-8, the end of a three-game winning streak that opened the season.

"When you win, you feel more confident, more better," Ovechkin said. "But it's only two games. It's history now."

Erik Cole and Ray Whitney scored for Carolina, which has dropped two straight and three of five.

"One thing's for sure: (penalty killing) has to get better," Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams said. "Mid-70 percentile is not going to be good enough. We need to know when we take a penalty, we're not going to be in trouble. We need to have confidence in our penalty killing, and we need to find it."

Nylander set up a pair of power-play tallies in the first period, helping the Capitals to a 2-0 lead.

At 3:03, Nylander's cross-ice pass out of the right corner found Green, who beat John Grahame with a wrister on a dash through the left circle. Just over three minutes later, Nylander was pinned in the right corner when he sent a no-look, backhanded pass to Ovechkin, who swept in a shot from the right wing and extended his point-scoring streak to nine games.

Midway through the second period, Nylander notched his sixth goal for a 3-0 lead. After a faceoff to Grahame's left, Nylander pounced on a loose puck and whacked it in at 11:30.

The Hurricanes finally broke through with 9 seconds remaining in the second. Corey Stillman fed Cole, who skated down the slot, split two defenders between the circles and pushed a shot past Olaf Kolzig.

Carolina got within one at 3-2 on Whitney's 11th goal at 2:09, but Ovechkin restored the two-goal lead with 1:50 left in the game, beating Grahame to the far post from the right side.

An apparent goal by Williams with 46.8 seconds left was waved off after a video review because of a high stick. After the ensuing faceoff, Boyd Gordon scored a short-handed, empty-netter with 38.7 seconds remaining.

Notes: Washington hadn't scored two power-play goals since Oct. 29 and the trio was the Capitals' most at home since netting three Feb. 27, 2007. ... It was the Hurricanes' 11th against a Southeast Division foe since Oct. 31. ... Carolina scratched D Mike Commodore (broken finger) and D David Tanabe (flu), while LW Alexander Semin (sprained ankle) missed the game for Washington.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:03
WSH
PPG - Mike Green (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Nylander (15), Tom Poti (7)
1 - 0 WSH
06:17
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (15) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Nylander (16), Nicklas Backstrom (11)
2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
11:30
WSH
PPG - Michael Nylander (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (12)
3 - 0 WSH
19:51
CAR
Erik Cole (4) Snap shot - ASST: Cory Stillman (18)
3 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
02:09
CAR
Ray Whitney (11) Snap shot - ASST: Glen Wesley (1)
3 - 2 WSH
18:10
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (16) Snap shot - ASST: Shaone Morrisonn (5)
4 - 2 WSH
19:21
WSH
SHG - EN - Boyd Gordon (2) Wrist shot - ASST: David Steckel (1)
5 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
02:48
CAR
Bret Hedican  Hooking against  Nicklas Backstrom
05:19
CAR
Matt Cullen  Tripping against  Tom Poti
11:11
WSH
Chris Clark  Hooking against  Bret Hedican
2nd Period
11:26
CAR
Bret Hedican  Interference against  Nicklas Backstrom
13:15
WSH
John Erskine  Holding the stick against  Eric Staal
15:33
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Tripping against  Brooks Laich
3rd Period
16:17
WSH
Michael Nylander  Hooking against  Rod Brind'Amour
16:17
CAR
Trevor Letowski  Closing hand on puck
19:01
WSH
Mike Green  Charging against  Dennis Seidenberg
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 33TOI: 59:04
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 5
SV%: .879SH: 2 - 2
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 37TOI: 59:52
Saves: 35EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .946SH: 0 - 0