Carolina
Hurricanes
45-30-7
Washington
Capitals
50-24-8

34 SOG
33 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
CAR
WSH
game recap

Capitals 3, Hurricanes 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:56 AM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -Mired in an unprecedented scoring drought, Alex Ovechkin is finding other ways to help the Capitals win.

Alexander Semin scored twice in the final three minutes, getting the game-winner with 10.9 seconds left, and Ovechkin assisted on all of Washington's goals Thursday night in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Capitals trailed 2-1 before Semin scored from close range with 2:43 to go. Then, with time running out, he ended a rush toward the net by beating Carolina goalie Cam Ward with a wrist shot from inside the right circle.

Semin has 10 goals in 12 games, enabling the Capitals to withstand an unusual dry spell for Ovechkin.

The reigning NHL scoring champion and MVP, Ovechkin was held without a goal for a career-high eighth consecutive game. But his three assists were enough to help Washington pull out a victory over the Southeast Division leaders.

On the game-winner, Ovechkin's reputation was as important as his pass to Semin.

"I think everybody knows I'm going to shoot. But I just made one step in the middle, the goalie stops, and the guy with Semin came to me," Ovechkin said. "So I just made (an) easy pass."

Sergei Fedorov had the other goal for Washington, 10-0-1 in its last 11 regular-season home games dating to last season.

Scott Walker and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Hurricanes.

"We thought we had the game, and that was the problem," Ruutu said. "We've got to play 60 minutes to win. A team like this is going to come after us. We have to learn from this."

Starting a second straight game for the Capitals in place of inconsistent goalie Jose Theodore, Brent Johnson had 32 saves. His fine effort looked to be in vain until Semin made his charge at the end.

"We've got guys that work until the end," Johnson said. "I couldn't be happier now. It's just a fantastic win."

The loss prevented Carolina's Peter Laviolette from becoming the winningest American-born coach in NHL history. He remains tied with John Tortorella (239 wins).

"It's a tough way to lose a hockey game," Laviolette said.

Carolina went up 1-0 at 2:59 of the first period when Walker deflected a shot by Josef Melichar past Johnson. It was the fourth time this season the Capitals allowed a goal on their opponent's first shot.

Late in the period, Donald Brashear got the best of Wade Brookbank in a one-sided fight. Both players tumbled to the ice before heading to the locker room with 3:15 left.

Fedorov tied it early in the second period, taking a lead pass from Ovechkin on the fly and lifting the puck over Ward's right shoulder.

The Hurricanes regained the lead at 12:13 when Ruutu skated in from the blue line and fired the puck between Johnson's legs.

Notes: Ruutu has a five-game scoring streak (four goals, three assists). ... Playing in his 300th NHL game, Washington's Shaone Morrisonn left after the first period with a groin injury. ... Carolina fell to 5-2-2 on the road. ... The three goals were Washington's fewest this season in a win.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:59
CAR
Scott Walker (1) Tip-in - ASST: Josef Melichar (2), Anton Babchuk (2)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
03:05
WSH
Sergei Fedorov (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (4), Jeff Schultz (4)
1 - 1 Tie
12:13
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (3)
2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
17:17
WSH
Alexander Semin (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (5), Tom Poti (3)
2 - 2 Tie
19:49
WSH
Alexander Semin (10) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (6), Mike Green (5)
3 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
06:26
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Slashing against  Alex Ovechkin
13:17
CAR
Tim Gleason  Hooking against  Michael Nylander
13:17
WSH
Chris Clark  Slashing against  Joe Corvo
16:45
WSH
Donald Brashear  Fighting (maj) against  Wade Brookbank
16:45
CAR
Wade Brookbank  Fighting (maj) against  Donald Brashear
2nd Period
09:51
CAR
Wade Brookbank  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
01:26
WSH
Sergei Fedorov  Hooking against  Dennis Seidenberg
02:23
WSH
Brent Johnson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
03:40
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Slashing against  Mike Green
goalie stats
Cam Ward
SA: 33TOI: 59:49
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
2-1-2
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .941SH: 0 - 0