|WSH||0||1||2||(0 - 0)||3|
|CAR||2||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|G: 1||Shots: 1|
|A: 0||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 2|
|+/-: 0||TOI: 15:29|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|GA: 2||EV: 28-30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8-8|
|SV%: .947||SH: 0-0|
|G: 1||Shots: 6|
|A: 1||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 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.
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.
|Alexander Semin (8) ASST: Eric Staal (20), Jiri Tlusty (9)|
1 - 0 CAR
|Patrick Dwyer (6) ASST: Tim Gleason (7), Joe Corvo (7)|
2 - 0 CAR
|Joey Crabb (2) ASST: Aaron Volpatti (1), Karl Alzner (2)|
2 - 1 CAR
|PPG - Alex Ovechkin (10) ASST: Troy Brouwer (8), Nicklas Backstrom (19)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Mike Ribeiro (10) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (12), John Carlson (8)|
3 - 2 WSH
|Eric Staal Tripping against Eric Fehr|
|John Carlson Interference against Jeff Skinner|
|Mike Ribeiro Tripping against Bobby Sanguinetti|
|Eric Staal Hi-sticking against Tom Poti|
|Joey Crabb Boarding against Bobby Sanguinetti|
|Justin Faulk Slashing against Marcus Johansson|
|Eric Fehr Roughing against Alexander Semin|
|Alexander Semin Roughing against Eric Fehr|
|Nicklas Backstrom Holding against Jordan Staal|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 36||EV: 28 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .947||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 25||TOI: 58:30|
|Saves: 22||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .880||SH: 0 - 0|