Hurricanes Score Four Unanswered Goals, Force Game 7 With 5-2 Comeback Win

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After trailing 2-1 after the first period, the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-2 in Game 6 of the First Round series to force a Game 7 in the First Round series. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 31 saves in the loss.

Capitals’ Game 6 Lineup

The Capitals kept the same lineup from their 6-0 win in Game 5 on Saturday night.

Forwards Michael Ferland (upper-body) and Andrei Svechnikov (concussion) did not play for the Hurricanes. Forward Jordan Martinook (lower-body) did. All were listed as game-time decisions entering Game 6.

First Period

Forward Brett Connolly went high-glove on goaltender Petr Mrazek after getting a pass from center Lars Eller from behind the net for his second goal in as many games and a 1-0 Capitals lead 5:06 in.

As a Capitals’ penalty expired, defenseman Nick Jensen blocked defenseman Dougie Hamilton’s shot from the point but the puck went right to forward Warren Foegele, who spun around and beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby through the five-hole to tie the game at 15:12 elapsed time.

Captain Alex Ovechkin made it 2-1, skating around Hamilton and sniping the puck past Mrazek in the slot 15:13 into the game.

The Capitals led 8-1 in blocked shots after 20 minutes.

The Hurricanes led 15-7 in shots and 20-18 in hits after one. They won 56% of the faceoffs and went 0-for-1 on the power-play in the first.

Each team posted three takeaways and two giveaways in the opening stanza.

Second Period

Forward Teuvo Teravainen roofed one under the bar after getting a pass from center Sebastian Aho from behind the net once he got it off of the forecheck to tie it 1:56 into the second.

Forward Justin Williams poked the puck past Holtby on a breakaway after exitting the penalty box but the goal was waved off due to a high stick at 10:30.

The Capitals led 37-30 in hits and 10-3 in blocked shots through two periods of play.

The Hurricanes led 24-14 in shots, including 9-7 in the second, and had five giveaways while the Capitals had eight after two. They won 61% of the draws in the first two periods.

Each team was credited with seven takeaways and went 0-for-2 on the power-play through 40 minutes.

Third Period

Center Jordan Staal finished a rebound on the backhand after Holtby stopped forward Brock McGinn’s shot that came off of his skate to give Carolina a 3-2 lead 3:51 into the third.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov thought that he tied it, tucking it through Mrazek after faking a wrap-around attempt that squeaked into the net with 9:26 to go but captain Alex Ovechkin made goaltender interference, therefore waving it off.


Captain Justin Williams doubled Carolina’s lead, tipping in defenseman Brett Pesce’s shot from the point with under eight minutes left.

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton made it 5-2 with an empty-netter from center-ice with 3:06 left.

The Capitals led 45-38 in hits and 16-6 in blocked shots.

The Hurricanes led 36-25 in shots, including 12-11 in the third period,, and had seven giveaways while the Capitals had 12. They won 58% of the draws.

Each team did not score on the power-play and had 11 takeaways. The Capitals had two opportunities with the man advantage while the Hurricanes had four.

Game 7 of the First Round series will be on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. It can be seen on NBC Sports Washington locally. The national network and time has yet to be determined.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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