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

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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:

Forwards
Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Williams
Sanford-Eller-Connolly
Winnik-Beagle-Carey
Malone-Sill-Galiev

Defensive Pairs
Orlov-Niskanen
Schmidt-Carlson
Ness-Chorney

Braden Holtby got the start in net for the Capitals.

FIRST PERIOD
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.

SECOND PERIOD
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.

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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.

THIRD PERIOD
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.

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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.

OVERTIME/SHOOTOUT
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

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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