Capitals Rally In 3rd Period, But Lose to ‘Canes 3-2 (SO)

Photo: Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 (SO) on Friday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The Capitals will wrap up the preseason Sunday night at Verizon Center when they host the New York Islanders. Puck drop is 5:00 PM.

Starting lines for the Caps:


Defensive Pairs

Braden Holtby got the start in net for the Capitals.

A quick pace to the start of this one, with plenty of end-to-end action, but very few quality scoring chances for either side. The Capitals Brett Connolly was called for holding at 13:00 for the game’s first penalty, but the ‘Canes would not be able to capitalize on the man-advantage. Justin Williams would provide the Caps best scoring chance when he rang one off the left post at the 16:40 mark. The first period would expire without a tally, with the Hurricanes leading in shots on goal, 13-4.

Carolina would net the first tally of the game on a nice centering pass from Jordan Staal to Lee Stempniak for the finish, coming at 5:39 of the middle frame.


Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney would leave the game with an upper body injury at the 7:30 mark of the second period. Chorney was driven into the boards and looked to take a direct hit on his right shoulder.

Chorney would return for the third period.

The period would end with the Hurricanes leading the Capitals 1-0 after two periods of play. The ‘Canes would continue to lead in shots on goal 18-13 through the first two periods.

The Hurricanes would stretch their lead to 2-0 on a power play goal by Noah Hanifan at the 5:40 mark of third.

Matt Niskanen and Phil DiGiusppe dropped the gloves near the midway point of the final frame.


Niskanen was likely retaliating for DiGiusppe’s hit on Chorney in the second period.

John Carlson would notch a power play goal at 10:51 of the third period, closing the gap to 2-1. Carlson’s blast was setup by a nice feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Zach Sanford would tie the game on a nice deke from the right side with 6:38 left in the third period. The goal was setup by a nifty steal by Sanford in the ‘Canes defensive zone.

The third period would end with the teams tied 2-2. Hurricanes continued to lead in shots on goal 27-21.

There would be no scoring in the 3-on-3 overtime period. The Hurricanes would win it in the shootout.

Barry Trotz post game interview:


Zach Sanford and Braden Holtby chat with Mike Vogel following the game:


The Capitals will practice at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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