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Capitals vs. Hurricanes QuickCap: Caps Yield in Third, Win it in OT

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The Caps gave up a third period lead, but Nicklas Backstrom sent Caps fans home in a happier state of mind with the game-winner in the last minute of overtime.

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The Washington Capitals returned home on Saturday night to host the Carolina Hurricanes in an uncommonly late 8:00 start.  After getting out to the most dangerous lead in hockey - the two-goal variety - the Caps gave it up in the third period.  The Hurricanes pushed the game into overtime, the fifth time in eight home games that fans enjoyed extra hockey time, but Nicklas Backstrom won it with 14 seconds left in the extra session, potting a rebound of an Alex Ovechkin shot, Ovechkin's 400th NHL assist.

Look for our full recap later, but first, Saturday night's Plus/Minus:

Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: Secondary scoring.  Troy Brouwer, Jay Beagle, and Eric Fehr had the red light flashing with defensemen chipping in with assists - John Carlson with a pair, and Brooks Orpik and Mike Green each recording one.  For Brouwer it was his fourth goal in his last six games; for Beagle it was his first of the season.
  • Minus: Third period.  That old bugaboo of allowing third period goals is negating some impressive possession statistics.  The Caps won the Corsi war, 74-56 overall, but they let the Hurricanes hang around long enough that the visitors dominated the late stages of the game to force overtime.  The Caps have allowed 11 third period goals in their last seven games.

And now, this...