The Washington Capitals went into Thursday night’s home fixture with the Carolina Hurricanes winners of their last ten games at Capital One Arena. That streak is now finished after the Caps fell 3-1 to the Canes, but ten was a cool round number anyway.
The Caps were out-shot by the Hurricanes 33 to 28 and out-attempted five-on-five 54 to 48.
One day before the Caps go to Carolina to play the Hurricanes, the Hurricanes came to DC to play the Caps. Justin Williams was back in town to visit his old friends.
The first period ended as it began, with no score.
A little over halfway through the second, John Carlson made an ill-advised pass that Jordan Staal turned into a shorthanded goal to put the Canes up 1-0. But later in the period Lars Eller tied the game at one.
Victor Rask put the Canes up 2-1 with 9:06 left in the game. Sebastian Aho iced it with an empty net goal.
Caps lose 3-1.
Alex Ovechkin is one of the greatest hockey players of all-time. That means he makes plays that other players can’t. The game comes easily to him.
Here’s another example of this.
The Washington Capitals resident bad boy, Andre Burakovsky, is not playing against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight due to illness. The Capitals announced the surprise scratch a half an hour before puck drop.
What’s better than ten? Eleven. Your Washington Capitals will be looking for their eleventh straight victory at home as they take on a division rival in the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes have not been so great on the road of late, giving up a combined twelve goals in their last two road tries.
Another 7 PM start on the familiar NBCSWA. One Patrick Holden will grace your face with the recap.
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