Hurricanes Dump Capitals, 6-4

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The Washington Capitals lost to the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 6-4 at PNC Arena on Saturday night. The loss meant that the Capitals will stay to 10 points ahead of the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 23 saves in the loss.

Capitals’ Lines at Hurricanes

Forward Tom Wilson, who left Friday night’s 2-1 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets after a hit by center Ryan McInnis but returned, came on for the pregame skate early but left and did not play. He is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Michal Kempny (illness) missed his second straight game.

First Period

Center Lucas Wallmark one-timed a shot past Holtby’s blocker after getting fed by forward Nino Neiderreiter from behind the net to make it 1-0 Hurricanes 10:38 in.

The Capitals led 12-5 in blocked shots, 8-2 in blocked shots, 4-1 in takeaways, and failed to convert on one power-play in the first.

The Hurricanes led 11-7 in shots, won 56% of the draws, went 1-for-2 on the power-play, and were credited with five giveaways while the Capitals were handed six after 20.

Second Period

Forward Warren Foegele onetimed a cross-ice feed from center Jordan Staal from the right dot to make 2-0 eight seconds into the period.

Center Nic Dowd called his own number on a two-on-one rush from the right circle after retrieving the puck off of an indirect pass off of the boards to cut the Hurricanes’ lead in half at 3:26.

Defenseman Christian Djoos (upper-body injury) left the game and did not return.

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton ripped a shot past Holtby’s blocked from the left dot after Foegele fed him with a cross-rink pass to make it 3-1 1:46 after Dowd scored.

Captain Alex Ovechkin hammered a one-timer from the high left circle past goaltender Pete Mrazek’s blocker after getting fed by defenseman Dmitry Orlov from up top to cut the Carolina lead to one again at 9:56. He now sits alone in third place all-time in NHL history with 256 power-play goals.

Foegele pushed the puck past Holtby on a goal-mouth scramble to make it 4-2 shorthanded with 6:58 left.

The Capitals led 20-18 in shots, including 13-7 in the second, 21-13 in hits, 7-4 in takeaways, went 1-for-4 on the power-play, and won 54% of the draws in the first two periods.

The Hurricanes led 12-7 in blocked shots, had seven giveaways while the Capitals had nine, and went 1-for-3 on the power-play through 40 minutes.

Third Period

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov retrieved the puck up broadway, flew past three Hurricanes’ penalty-killers, and went through the five-hole of Mrazek to make it a one-goal game two minutes into the third.

1:20 later, center Martin Necas picked up a loose puck after center Erik Haula’s shot in front was blocked by a Capitals defenseman and stashed it past Holtby to restore the Hurricanes’ two-goal lead.

Forward Andrei Svechnikov skated in after he ripped off Ovechkin along the boards to add an empty-netter with 4:02 left.

Defenseman Radko Gudas rifled one to the top left corner off a draw and forward Richard Panik tipped the shot past Mrazek to cut the lead to 6-4 with 1:13 to go.

The Capitals led 29-20 in hits, went 2-for-5 on the power-play, and won 54% of the draws.

The Hurricanes led 11-9 in third-period shots, 17-15 in blocked shots, had eight giveaways while the Capitals had 10, and went 1-for-3 on the power-play.

Each team launched 29 shots on net and eight takeaways.

The Capitals have now lost three of their last four road games (1-3-0) after winning five straight away from home.

The Capitals come back home to host the Islanders on New Year’s Eve. Action from from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 1 PM ET.

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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12 Responses to Hurricanes Dump Capitals, 6-4

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    E Pluribus Stinko! Absolutely awful! One of the worst Caps games since … Boston last week!

    GMBM needs to make a trade. Caps as currently constructed will NOT win a playoff series.
    Hmmm Take Wilson, Kempny and Vrana out of the lineup, and the Caps are pretty poor stuff.

    Oops! I’m sorry … Vrana was IN the lineup tonight. I just couldn’t tell. LIttle Jakey Vrana has done positively nothing in his past ten games. It’s time for a trade. GMBM will find some sucker among his friends who will think that Little Jakey Vrana is a fabulous NHL talent.

    Wasn’t Braden Holtby’s finest hour in goal tonight either. In fact Hole-by has been just plain miserable his past five games. Caps seem to play harder with Sammy in goal. Oops! I’m not supposed to infer that Caps position players have a preference who their backstop is!

    Caps got lucky against CBJ. Team is in freefall, right now, and unwatchable. NYI will have a “Get Well” game against the Keystone Kaps on New Years’ Eve. GMBM call your office

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Say “Six Sick Czechs” ten times really fast. That can be a real tongue twister. And is the state of the Caps defense. Okay, they only have two sick Czechs. Plus, one injured Swede.

  3. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Caps haven’t been playing well even with a full healthy roster

    Two days to lick their wounds, then NYI. CAR two days after that. Caps can drop in the standings REAL fast unless they get this thing back on track. I’m sure Coach Reirden has it all under control. Just ask him

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