The Washington Capitals scored three power-play goals against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight to help lead the Caps to a 4-2 win over the Canes. Jordan Staal and Riley Nash had goals for the home team.
After Phillip Grubabuer made some nice glove saves, Jordan Staal tested his stick side late in the first period on a 2-on-1, which beat the German goaltender to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.
The Capitals scored early in the second on the power-play when Cam Ward misplayed a puck on a glove catch that dropped to the ice where Marcus Johansson was able to force the puck past the goalie to tie it.
Eight minutes later, John Carlson scored off a point shot on the power-play to give the Caps a 2-1 lead.
But the lead wouldn’t last as Riley Nash scored an extra-man goal on a rebound from an Andrej Sekera shot from the point, also to the stick side of Grubauer.
Four minutes later, it was the power-play again as Troy Brouwer deflected a point shot past Ward for the eventual game-winner.
The score would stay like that until Alex Ovechkin netted his 400th career goal on an empty net with 25 seconds left in the game
Although the Hurricanes gave up three goals on the penalty kill, it wasn’t an awful area for the team. One goal was a point shot and another a crazy deflection in front of the net.
Johansson’s goal to get the Capitals on the board was the only one that should have been handled better. A defenseman should have removed the Swede from the front of the net as he had three chances to stuff the puck past Ward.
What really dug the Canes in for the loss was the play of Philipp Grubauer. He had a lot of luck in the game, but he also made the saves he needed to make and a few more to keep the Caps in the game.
The first period was a great one for the Hurricanes as they bombarded Grubauer with shots and were able to beat him once, but once the Capitals scored in the second period, things started going down hill.
The Canes dealt with a couple hot netminders in their Western Conference swing that also led to losses. The offense needs to find ways to score or goalies will continue to have control over the team for the rest of the season.
The Hurricanes will be back at it tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 ET.