The Washington Capitals fell to the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 5-0 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, which cuts their series lead to 2-1. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 40 saves in the loss. The game was the Hurricanes’ first at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.
Capitals Lines For Game 3
Forwards Jakub Vrana and Carl Hagelin swapped spots in the lineup. No other line changes were made by the Capitals from their 4-3 overtime win in Game 2 at Capital One Arena on Saturday.
Forward Warren Foegele tipped in defenseman Justin Faulk’s shot from the point to give Carolina their first lead of the series. The puck squeaked past goaltender Braden Holtby and the goal-line 9:43 into the game.
Captain Alex Ovechkin knocked out forward Andrei Svechnikov with a few punches to the face. Svechnikov was taken the locker room with help from some teammates and the Hurricanes’ equipment manager. Svechnikov would not return to the game.
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Forward Michael Ferland left the game with an upper-body injury and would not return.
The Capitals won 53% of the draws in the first.
The Hurricanes led 15-7 in shots, 14-10 in hits, 6-2 in blocked shots, 3-1 in takeaways, and had two giveaways while the Capitals had five after one.
Each team went 0-for-1 on the power-play in the opening stanza.
Foegle made it 2-0, pounding a pass from center Sebastian Aho on a 2-on-0 in front of Holtby 6:09 into the second.
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton wired one through a screen past Holtby from out high to make it 3-0 with 8:20 left in the period.
The Capitals won 51% of the faceoffs through two. They went 0-for-1 on the power-play in the first two periods.
The Hurricanes led 33-10, including 18-1 in the second period, 40-20 in hits, 9-4 in blocked shots, and had five giveaways while the Capitals had 12 after 40. They went 1-for-2 in the power-play through two.
Each team recorded five takeaways through two periods of play.
Hamilton scored on another blast from the point past the blocker of Holtby to make it 4-0 9:47 into the third.
Forward Brock McGinn sniped one past Holtby blocker-side to make it 5-0 with 4:25 left.
The Capitals won 54% of the faceoffs. They went 0-for-3 on the power-play.
The Hurricanes led 45-17, including 12-7 in the third period, 52-34 in hits, 9-8 in blocked shots, and had eight giveaways while the Capitals had 14. They went 2-for-5 in the power-play.
Each team posted nine takeaways.
The Capitals look to bounce back against the Hurricanes on Thursday when Game 4 takes place on Thursday night. NBC Sports Washington will have the call for those inside the DMV beginning at 7 PM ET.
By Harrison Brown