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game recap

Capitals Rally to Beat Hurricanes 3-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Michael Smith

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Capitals Rally to Beat Hurricanes 3-2
Washington Capitals 3, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Three Stars of the Game
Mike Ribeiro
1st
Mike Ribeiro
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 15:29
Michal Neuvirth
2nd
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 28-30
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: .947SH: 0-0
Alex Ovechkin
3rd
Alex Ovechkin
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:15

RALEIGH. N.C. -- Mike Ribeiro scored with 2:16 remaining as the Washington Capitals overcame a two-goal first-period deficit to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at PNC Arena on Thursday night.

Alex Ovechkin took a long pass from John Carlson, deked goaltender Dan Ellis out of position, but his soft forehand hit the post. The puck went behnd Ellis and stopped on the goal line before Ribeiro tapped it in. The goal was reviewed and upheld.

The win put a stop to Washington's three-game losing streak. The Capitals (11-14-1) also earned a split in the teams' home-and-home series; the Hurricanes (15-10-1) won 4-0 at Verizon Center on Tuesday night.

Washington goaltender Michal Neuvirth earned his second victory of the season with 36 saves, 15 in the third period. Ellis stopped 22 shots.

The Capitals trailed 2-1 entering the third but quickly tied the game with a power-play goal. Troy Brower dished off from the slot to Ovechkin in the right circle, where he beat Ellis at 1:01. Eric Staal had taken a high-sticking penalty at the expiration of the second period.

The Hurricanes got off to a fast start when former Capitals forward Alexander Semin scored on his line's first shift. Jiri Tlusty worked the puck from behind the net to Staal, who found Semin in the slot for his eighth of the season at 1:14.

Before the midway mark of the period, Hurricanes forward Patrick Dwyer redirected a shot from between the circles, coming off a pass from defenseman Tim Gleason.

The Capitals struggled with defensive coverage early in the period, as Carolina was able to get pucks behind the Washington defense. The Capitals managed 11 shots in the period, but none on a late power play. Their best scoring chance came when Eric Fehr tried to sweep a rebound past Ellis, only to have the goaltender kick it away with his left pad.

The Capitals cut the lead in half early in the second period as Aaron Volpatti skated down the left wing and threaded a perfect pass to Joey Crabb in the low slot. Crabb's tip-in was his second goal of the season. In a mostly slow-moving period, the Hurricanes held a 7-6 advantage in shots.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:14
CAR
Alexander Semin (8) ASST: Eric Staal (20), Jiri Tlusty (9)
1 - 0 CAR
08:17
CAR
Patrick Dwyer (6) ASST: Tim Gleason (7), Joe Corvo (7)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
05:56
WSH
Joey Crabb (2) ASST: Aaron Volpatti (1), Karl Alzner (2)
2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
01:01
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (10) ASST: Troy Brouwer (8), Nicklas Backstrom (19)
2 - 2 Tie
17:44
WSH
Mike Ribeiro (10) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (12), John Carlson (8)
3 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
15:56
CAR
Eric Staal  Tripping against  Eric Fehr
19:11
WSH
John Carlson  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
2nd Period
08:07
WSH
Mike Ribeiro  Tripping against  Bobby Sanguinetti
20:00
CAR
Eric Staal  Hi-sticking against  Tom Poti
3rd Period
06:21
WSH
Joey Crabb  Boarding against  Bobby Sanguinetti
07:52
CAR
Justin Faulk  Slashing against  Marcus Johansson
08:25
WSH
Eric Fehr  Roughing against  Alexander Semin
08:25
CAR
Alexander Semin  Roughing against  Eric Fehr
19:44
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Holding against  Jordan Staal
goalie stats
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
2-4-1
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .947SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
SA: 25TOI: 58:30
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0