One night after topping the Blue Jackets the Capitals were bested by the Hurricanes 5 to 3 in Carolina. A four point night from Warren Foegele led Carolina’s offense.
Here’s Saturday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Carl Hagelin’s third period assist gives him points in back to back games.
Minus: Washington’s first power play unit was absent in a contest where they had five power play opportunities.
Ten more notes on the game:
- Jonas Siegenthaler cut across center ice and knocked Jordan Martinook from the game momentarily. Martinook would return and skate
- Halfway through the first period Lucas Wallmark put the Hurricanes ahead with his 8th of the year. A pass through the slot from Nino Niederreiter gave Wallmark a gap to hit and he did not miss.
- Eight seconds into the second period Foegele extended Carolina’s lead to two by snapping home a Jordan Staal cross crease pass.
- Three minutes later Nic Dowd responded for Washington, netting his fourth of the season. Dowd looked off Brendan Leipsic on a two against one and slipped the puck under Peter Mrazk.
- But Dougie Hamilton restored the Hurricanes’ two goal lead before 106 seconds later.
- Alex Ovechkin was shaken up by a Stall hit high in the Capitals offensive zone, falling to the ice in pain. Despite slowness getting back to his feet he would skate off under his own power and not miss a shift.
- The Captain then drew Washington within one with a classic power play blast. Dmitry Orlov froze everyone with a fake shot and
- Foegele tallied his second of the contest shorthanded a few minutes later.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov scored early in the third, walking in untouched through the slot before beating Petr Mrazek. It would be Washington’s final score of the night.
- Three period goals from Martin Necas, Evgeny Svechnikov, and Radko Gudas would close out the third period scoring.