While on the power play, another costly turnover put the Hurricanes up by four. Dennis Wideman could not collect Marcus Johansson's pass at the point. Staal, with a burst of speed, collected the puck and beat Wideman, Mike Green and Michal Neuvirth for a shorthanded goal, his 17th overall goal of the season.
Two goals within the first 5:09 and one with less than a minute left have the Hurricanes up 3-0 on the Caps after 20 minutes.
Justin Faulk's goal just 3:41 into the game and 12 seconds into the Hurricanes' first power play put the Hurricanes up by one. Tomas Vokoun stopped Tim Brent's blast from the point, but left a big rebound. All Faulk had to do was corral the puck and put it past Vokoun for his sixth goal of the season.
About 90 seconds later, Anthony Stewart's seventh goal of the season gave Carolina a 2-0 lead. A Caps turnover at the blue line gave Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal and Stewart the opportunity for a tic-tac-toe play that Stewart finished. Head coach Dale Hunter pulled Vokoun afterwards. He allowed two goals on seven shots.
The Washington Capitals have won six games in the past nine days and they'll try to pick up their seventh win on Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes on the road. The Caps are in the middle of a four-game road trip as they head to the RBC Center.
The Hurricanes have won two of their last three games however, with the New York Islands stopping the Hurricanes short winning streak. Despite being without Tuomo Ruutu, the teams leading scorer, and Chad LaRose because of upper-body injuries the Hurricanes have been able to win four out of their last seven games as Carolina tries to get back to .500.
Location: RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: NBCSN outside local viewing area, CSN in local viewing area