The Capitals traveled to North Carolina for the second half of a home-and-home with the Hurricanes. For the second time in three nights Washington took a regulation win from their division rivals and secured their ticket to postseason.
Here’s Thursday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: With the win Washington collects their 100th standings point of the season.
Minus: Alex Ovechkin was unable to register his 50th goal of the season.
Eight more notes on the game.
- Four and a half minutes into the contest Nino Niederreiter put the Hurricanes on the board. Niederreiter stuffed his own rebound behind Braden Holtby from beneath the goal line.
- Carolina’s lead would be lost, however, only 42 seconds later. Brett Connolly finished off an odd man rush himself with a wicked shot that beat Curtis Mcelhinney gloveside to make it one apiece.
- Halfway through the second frame Warren Foegele put Carolina ahead again. After dancing into the offensive zone around Nick Jensen Foegele tucked his finish around Holtby’s right led pad.
- Early in the third period Jakub Vrana evened the score for Washington. Christian Djoos and Evgeny Kuznetsov put a pair of pretty passes together to get Vrana the puck and he finished off his chance with a beautiful backhand shot.
- And with five minutes remaining Nick Dowd put the Capitals ahead for the first time. A shot from Jensen along the wall was tipped by Dowd between McElhinney’s legs for the go ahead goal.
- Washington would survive a late minor penalty to Brooks Orpik and several scrambles by the Hurricanes’ offense. Holtby was at his best against Neiderreiter in his crease with ninety seconds left in regulation.
- Ovechkin missed his chance at an empty net with 44 seconds left, sending a shot from Washington’s zone a few inches wide of the right post.
- T.J. Oshie missed tonight’s contest with an illness, the latest in a line of Capitals to fall under the weather.