Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Hurricanes Blow Past Caps In 3-0 Victory

The Hurricanes handed the Caps their second 3-0 loss in three games Friday in Raleigh.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Hurricanes Blow Past Caps In 3-0 Victory

The Washington Capitals had played two consecutive 3-0 games this week entering Friday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The third time was definitely not the charm.

Jussi Jokinen scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes blew past the Caps 3-0 at RBC Center.

Jokinen had a goal in both the first and second period and his shorthanded breakaway goal at 12:43 of the opening period was all the Hurricanes would need. The Caps had three power plays on the night, but only mustered one shot. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes had three shorthanded shots on goal.

Tomas Vokoun suffered his second 3-0 defeat in a row despite single-handedly keeping Washington within striking distance with 30 saves. Yet, for the second straight game, Vokoun did not receive any goal support.

Friday's win was Carolina's first regulation victory over Washington since December 28, 2009. The Caps now head to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins in the final game of a three-game road trip Sunday.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Jussi Jokinen Strikes Again, Gives Carolina 2-0 Lead

Jussi Jokinen entered Friday's game against the Washington Capitals with just one goal at home. He has tripled that total through 40 minutes.

Jokinen's second goal of the game has given the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-0 lead at the end of the second period.

With Dennis Wideman in the penalty box for interference, Carolina took advantage of the man advantage when Jokinen collected the rebound of Jay Harrison's point shot and beat Tomas Vokoun for his second goal of the game and seventh of the season at 19:42.

Other than allowing Jokinen's goal, Vokoun has been on top of his game and is single-handedly keeping the Caps within striking distance. He made 14 saves in the second period and has 23 through 40 minutes.

Carolina has dominated play throughout the game and Washington is doing what it can to hold on despite just 15 shots on goal and several turnovers.

For more on the Caps, please visit SB Nation's Caps blog, Japers' Rink.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Caps' Power Play Gaffe Gives 'Canes 1-0 Lead

For the Washington Capitals, with the power play came great irresponsibility.

A costly turnover on the power play allowed Jussi Jokinen to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Jokinen put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at 12:43 while on the penalty kill. After the Caps retrieved a clearing attempt and restarted the rush from behind the net, Eric Staal poked the puck away from John Carlson as he was heading up ice. Staal then poked the puck again towards Jokinen, who cut through the slot and beat Tomas Vokoun on a breakaway for his sixth goal of the season.

It was a sloppy period in general for the Caps, who continued to turnover the puck even after allowing a shorthanded goal. Yet, Washington did put eight shots on Cam Ward during the first period, which is half of the total it had in 60 minutes in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Tomas Vokoun made nine saves on 10 shots.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals hit the road on Friday to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes have a middling offense, but they have one of the worst defenses in the NHL, ranking 28th in goals against per game at 3.2 per contest. If the Capitals hit their stride offensively, which has not been the norm for them this year, they could have some success against the Hurricanes.

Here is all the information you need to find the game tonight.

Game Date/Time: Friday, January 20; 7:00pm ET

Location: RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina

TV Schedule: CSN

Radio Schedule: 1500 AM

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day at SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream. For more on the Capitals you can always head over to Japers' Rink. For some perspective from the other side of the ice, check out Canes Country, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. And for more on this and every NHL game, head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page.

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Capitals Vs. Hurricanes: Washington Hopes Winds Of Change Continue To Blow In Hurricanes Country

The Caps and 'Canes meet for the second time this week as Washington heads to Hurricanes Country Friday.

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