Jordan Staal scored a shorthanded goal to break a scoreless tie in the second period, and the Hurricanes skated off with a 3-1 victory over the Caps on Thursday night.
The loss snapped Washington’s five-game winning streak. It also halted the Caps’ 10-game streak at Capital One Arena.
The teams meet for a third time in 11 days on Friday night in Raleigh.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Jordan Staal, Hurricanes
The Canes’ captain opened the scoring in the second period, putting away a shorthanded tally after picking off a John Carlson pass that was intended for Alex Ovechkin.
The shorthanded goal was the sixth that Washington has surrendered this season. Only the Islanders, Sabres, Avalanche and Canucks have allowed more.
2-Lars Eller, Capitals
‘Eye of the Tiger’ is getting played a lot these days. Eller’s nickname, of course, is tiger, and the song is played at home after No. 20 scores. On Thursday, he evened things, 1-1, in the second period with his fourth goal in the last six contests.
3-Victor Rask, Hurricanes
Rask provided the Canes’ second goal late in the third period thanks to a weird bounce on a delayed penalty against Washington. The Caps thought play would be whistled dead after Braden Holtby blockered a puck down and Brooks Orpik whacked at it. Play continued, though, and Rask had his third goal in two games vs. the Caps this season.
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