Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Washington Defeats Carolina 2-1, Extends Home Winning Streak To Seven

The Caps extended their home winning streak against the Hurricanes, and now have a share of the lead in the Southeast Division.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals Final Score: Washington Wins Seventh In A Row At Home With 2-1 Win Over Carolina

The Washington Capitals won their seventh game in a row at Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Washington now has a share of the Southeast Division lead with the win and 50 points to match the Florida Panthers.

It was Dmitry Orlov with the game winner, just over a minute into the third period to break the 1-1 tie. It was Orlov's first goal of the season and his career, coming on a feed from Jason Chimera. Orlov took a centering pass from Chimera, put it on Carolina goalie Cam Ward and then slammed home the rebound in front and he skated past.

Tomas Vokoun was huge in net for the Caps, stuffing 43 of 44 shots that the Canes put on net. Carolina put twenty more shots on goal, as newly activated Jeff Skinner and company kept the pressure on in the offensive zone through the end of the game. But it was the Caps who came away with the win - their third straight one goal victory to keep the home winning streak alive. They host the Islanders on Tuesday night, looking to make it eight in a row.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Caps, visit SB Nation's Capitals blog, Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective, visit Canes Country, SB Nation's Carolina blog.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Caps, 'Canes Tied At 1-1

The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes woke up.

A sleepy first period gave way to a fast-paced second as the Caps and 'Canes are tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes.

Brooks Laich thought he had given the Caps a 1-0 lead at 3:34 when he crashed the net. As Laich attempted to stuff the puck past Cam Ward, he lost his balance and fell into the crease. Yet, as he was falling, Laich was somehow able to push the puck past Ward. The official originally ruled it as a goal, but after review, the call was overturned and the game remained scoreless.

Alexander Semin restored Washington's 1-0 lead at 16:57. Marcus Johansson brought the puck into the offensive zone and left it for Semin at the point. Semin took his time and pump faked as he drew closer to the net before firing a top shelf past Cam Ward's glove hand. It was Semin's 11th goal of the season and 27th against the Hurricanes, the most of his career against any team.

That lead, however, did not last long as Jussi Jokinen was able to corral the puck during a scramble in front and put it past Tomas Vokoun at 19:43.

Shots are 26-13 in favor of Carolina.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Sluggish First Period Ends Scoreless

The Carolina Hurricanes are playing in the second of back-to-back games Sunday, but it is the Washington Capitals who look sleepy as the game is scoreless after 20 minutes.

Carolina earned 13 of the period's 17 shots on goal as it saw the best scoring chances. Cam Ward made four saves and was barely challenged by Washington.

The Hurricanes had one power play, but did not convert.

Tomas Vokoun's 13 saves kept the Caps in the game.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals look to extend their six-game home winning streak with a Sunday evening matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes visit Verizon Center with the second worst record in the division, just one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Carolina could be getting a nice boost tonight with the addition of 2011 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner, who was activated from injured reserve after missing 16 games with a concussion.

The Canes are also coming off an impressive win over the red hot Boston Bruins, and are looking for their third win in a row. Washington, meanwhile, is looking for a share of the Southeast Division lead with their seventh consecutive home win.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, January 15, 5:00 P.M. ET

Location: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

TV: CSN

Radio: WFED 1500AM

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Caps, visit SB Nation's Capitals blog, Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective, visit Canes Country, SB Nation's Carolina blog.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Hurricanes Roll Into Verizon Center In Third Game Of Caps' Homestand

The Caps welcome the 'Canes to Verizon Center for the third of a four-game homestand Sunday.

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