The Carolina Hurricanes ended a two-game losing streak in a win over the Washington Capitals at the RBC Center in Raleigh Friday night.
Hurricanes Captain Ron Brind'Amour pushed his team along with two goals, while goalie Cam Ward lead the game with 31 saves.
A hooking call sent Carolina Hurricanes' right wing, Scott Walker (24), to the penalty box for two minutes in the opening 2:33 of the Canes' matchup with the Washington Capitals.
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Alex Ovechkin (8) of the Capitals scored the first goal two seconds after Walker was sent to the penalty box. The Caps came out aggressive after the faceoff and did not allow the Canes much puck time leading to the goal.
The Capitals' center, Michael Nylander (92), was sent to the penalty box for two minutes on a hooking violation at 4:58 in regulation.
A Scott Walker (24) and Eric Staal (12) assisted goal by the Hurricanes' Cory Stillman (61) tied the Capitals at 1-1 at the 9:50 mark in the first period.
Center David Steckel (29) of the Capitals was sent to the penalty box for two minutes on a hooking violation at the 10:22 mark in the first period.
With 6:58 left in the first period, forward Chad LaRose (59) of the Hurricanes was sent to the penalty box for two minutes on a hooking call.
A delay of game violation sent the Capitals' Tom Poti (3) to the penalty box for two minutes with 2:40 left in first period regulation.
Hurricanes' Bret Hedican was sent to the penalty box for two minutes on a roughing call in the opening 2:10 of the second period.
Matt Cullen (8) led the Hurricanes in the second period with a Ray Whitney (13) and Glen Wesley (2) assisted goal to advance the Canes 2-1 at the 5:46 mark.
Justin Williams (11) of the Hurricanes was sent to the penalty box for two minutes on a high sticking violation at 7:12 in second period regulation.
The Hurricanes' Rob Brind'Amour (12) scored a long goal with 5:59 left in the second period. The Tim Gleason (42) and Andrew Ladd (16) assist lifted the Hurricanes 3-1 over the Caps. The goal was Brind'Amour's 12th of the season and 30th point. He notched 82 points in the 2006-2007 season.
With only 10 seconds remaining in the second period, Tim Gleason (42) of the Hurricanes was sent to the penalty box for two minutes on a tipping call.
The Capitals came out on fire as an Alexander Semin (28) assist helped Alex Ovechkin (8) score his 19th goal of the season and bring the Caps within one at 3-2 in the first 32 seconds of the third period.
Rod Brind'Amour (17) answered at the 3:47 mark with an unassisted goal to carry the Canes 4-2 over the Caps. The goal was Brind'Amour's 13th of the season and second of the night.
A hooking call sent Alexander Semin (28) of the Capitals to the penalty box for two minutes with 5:21 on the clock in third period play.
Hurricanes' center, Eric Staal (12), was sent to the penalty box for two minutes on a tripping call at 10:21 in the third.
Mike Green (52) of the Capitals followed at the 11:38 mark for high sticking.
With 4:07 left in regulation, the Caps' Michael Nylander (92) scored his seventh goal of the season with assists from Viktor Kozlov (25) and Alexander Ovechkin (8) to bring the final score to 4-3 - a Hurricanes win.
A delay of game call on the Hurricanes' Justin Williams (11) sent him to the penalty box in the final 1:33 of the game.
Washington Capitals: Game 26, away game 14
Carolina Hurricanes: Game 26, home game 14
Final Score: 4-3, Hurricanes over the Capitals
Top Scorer: Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals) with 2 goals and 1 assist
Top Saves: Cam Ward (Hurricanes) with 31 saves
Most Penalties: Carolina Hurricanes with 5 penalties