Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Winds Of Change Hardly Blow In Washington's 5-1 Win Over Carolina

The Capitals trailed 1-0 early, but scored five unanswered goals in a dominant 5-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Winds Of Change Hardly Blow In Washington's 5-1 Win Over Carolina

The Washington Capitals entered Friday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes on the heels of controversy. Yet, in Hurricanes country, the winds of change hardly blew.

Despite trailing 1-0 early, the Caps scored five unanswered goals to win the first of back-to-back games this weekend in a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes.

Anthony Stewart's deflection gave Carolina a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Jeff Halpern and Troy Brouwer scored 69 seconds apart in the second to give Washington the lead for good. In the third period, John Carlson's blast from the point on the power play extended the Caps' lead to 3-1. Cody Eakin, who earned his first career NHL point with an assist on Brouwer's goal, scored his first career NHL goal on a 2-on-1 with Alexander Semin to make it 4-1. Nicklas Backstrom capped off the game when he scored his third goal in two games to give the Caps a 5-1 lead.

Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves for the victory in his second start of the season.

The Caps will now head to Long Island to play the New York Islanders Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Jeff Halpern, Troy Brouwer Give Caps 2-1 Lead

It looks like Jeff Halpern doesn't want to be scratched again anytime soon.

Halpern, scratched Tuesday, scored early in the second period and Troy Brouwer added another one shortly after to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes after 40 minutes.

Halpern's first goal of the season and first as Cap since April 2006 was the result of creating traffic in front. Halpern actually started the play from behind the net as he passed the puck to Karl Alzner at the point. Alzner's shot went wide, but bounced off the boards and right to Mike Knuble. Knuble and Matt Hendricks were creating havoc in front of Cam Ward and the puck rolled free in the slot, where a diving Halpern put it past Ward at 1:28.

Just over a minute later, Brouwer gave Washington the lead. Roman Hamrlik's outlet pass was originally tied up, but Marcus Johansson corralled it and entered the offensive zone with a 2-on-1 rush with Brouwer. Johansson sent a saucer pass that glided over the sticks of the Hurricanes' defense and onto Brouwer's stick. Brouwer beat Ward with the tip-in for his third goal of the season to give the Caps a 2-1 lead.

Despite scoring twice, the Caps were outshot by the Hurricanes 10-8 in the period.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: 'Canes Lead Caps 1-0 After 20 Minutes

Through 20 minutes, the Washington Capitals trail the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 at the end of the first period.

Anthony Stewart put the Hurricanes up 1-0 early at 3:26. Tuomo Ruutu beat Joel Ward on a faceoff in the offensive zone and got the puck to Jeff Skinner. Skinner sent a quick pass to Jay Harrison, who then fired a quick shot from the point. Stewart was able to muscle Jeff Schultz in the slot and get enough of his stick on Harrison's shot to deflect the puck past Neuvirth for his third goal of the season.

The Caps earned the game's first power play of the night at 18:36 when Cam Ward tripped Marcus Johansson. On the ensuing power play, Washington pinned Carolina's penalty killing unit in its own zone and had several great scoring chances, but Ward was up to the task as he stopped several point-blank opportuntiies.

Shots are 15-10 in favor of the Caps.

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Mike Green Injury Update: Capitals' Defenseman Likely To Miss Next Two Games

A lingering ankle injury has ruled Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green out for the Caps' game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night and most likely for their tilt versus the New York Islanders on Saturday night, reports Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

In their last three games, each without Green, the Capitals struggled defensively, yielding 13 goals. Whyno has more on where they miss Green most:

In the past three games, the power play has gone 1-for-11 (9.1 percent), defensive miscues have led to a couple of bad even-strength goals and the penalty kill has struggled without Green’s under-the-radar talents there.

In 159 minutes of ice time this season, Green has three goals and three assists. Now in his seventh season, Green earned his first All-Star appearance in 2011 and finished the 2008/09 and 2009/10 campaigns as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, which honors the league's best all-around defenseman.

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Michal Neuvirth Starting Vs. Hurricanes Because Of Tomas Vokoun's Struggles, Bruce Boudreau Says

When the Washington Capitals face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, they will do so with Michal Neuvirth in net, not Tomas Vokoun. Neuvirth will make his second start of the season, and both have been against Carolina. When asked about that, coach Bruce Boudreau said it was because he felt Vokoun has struggled against the Hurricanes in his career. Via Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

"I pay attention to Vokoun's lack of it more than Michal's success," Boudreau said. ""Quite frankly I know Tomas didn't have very good success against them last year.

"If we want to get back to it, that's why he didn't start Game 1 and he's not starting the game now."

Vokoun was 0-2 with a 4.66 goals-against average in three starts vs. the Hurricanes last year, but that was with the Florida Panthers, and it was only three games. That's why SB Nation's Capitals blog Japers' Rink is skeptical of Boudreau's words, tweeting the following.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for Neuvy starting tonight. Just not buying that how Vokoun performed vs. CAR last year is relevant to the dec.

For more on the Capitals vs. Hurricanes game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink. For more on the Hurricanes, visit Canes Country.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Michal Neuvirth Will Be Starting Goalie For Washington

The Washington Capitals will face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, and Michal Neuvirth will be the starting goalie, according to Mike Vogel.

Michal Neuvirth gets the nod in net for the #Caps tonite in Raleigh.
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There is no word if Neuvirth is getting the start as the result of an injury to Tomas Vokoun, or if coach Bruce Boudreau just wanted to give his starting netminder a night off after struggling in some of the past few games. After starting off the season strong, Vokoun struggled in the Caps' west coast trip and did not have a stellar game on Tuesday either. I night off might be just what he needs to get back on track.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Mike Green Out, Troy Brouwer Doubtful Against Hurricanes

BALLSTON, Va. - Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green attempted to practice once again Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but after skating before and during practice for about 35 minutes, he left for the locker room. With Green not fully practicing since injuring his right ankle almost two weeks ago, head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Green is out Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Well, Green for sure," Boudreau said. "It's pretty difficult in this league to just step off the injury block. Even though both the guys are in tremendous shape, it's quite a difference from working out in the gym than working out on the ice."

Troy Brouwer also did not practice Thursday and hasn't since Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks. Brouwer apparently injured his right shoulder - the same shoulder he had surgery on this summer - late in the third period and he did not return to the game. Brouwer's status for Friday seems doubtful, but Boudreau said he would make that decision tomorrow.

"Brouwer, he's only had two days off," Boudreau said. "It's like not having nine or 10 days off, so we'll see how he goes in the morning skate."

Boudreau, hwoever, did admit that both players will travel with the team on its two-game road trip to Carolina and New York.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Troy Brouwer Misses Practice, Mike Green Leaves Early

The Caps might be without Troy Brouwer and Mike Green for Friday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes as both players did not practice Wednesday.

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