Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Caps Put 49 Shots On Goal, But Fall 4-3 In Overtime

The Capitals tied it late in the third period but the Canes quickly answered with an overtime goal to hand Washington their third straight loss.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals Recap: Washington Loses Third Straight As Carolina Wins In Overtime

The Washington Capitals dropped their third straight game on Tuesday, falling in overtime 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the third straight loss at home and the third straight time the Canes have beaten the Caps this season, splitting the season series.

Brandon Sutter gave the Canes a 3-2 lead less than two minutes into the final period. It looked like Carolina would hold on for the one-goal regulation win but a late Brooks Laich goal evened it up with under three minutes to play in regulation. It was an excellent effort by Laich, who started the rush and put a shimmy move on Chris LaRose to enter the zone. Laich then played give-and-go with Marcus Johansson, who put a perfect pass on Laich's stick as he went to the front of the net to deflect the puck past Cam Ward to tie it up.

But Washington could not capitalize on the momentum, as the Canes won it in overtime with just over a minute remaining in the extra session. The Caps made a big mistake entering the zone, as Dennis Wideman coughed it up at the blue line and Sutter immediately grabbed the loose puck and burst down the ice the other way. He went down the right wing while young defenseman Justin Faulk came streaking down the middle of the ice to fill the lane and take a perfect pass from Sutter. Faulk easily buried the game-winner, beating a helpless Michal Neuvirth.

The Caps put a whopping 49 shots-on-goal but could not convert against Ward. The homestand continues on Thursday night, when they host another division foe in the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals Score Update: Capitals Hold 1-0 Lead After One Period

After one period, the Washington Capitals have broke the scoring open, and take a 1-0 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes into the dressing rooms.

Troy Brouwer scored his 18th goal of the season for the Caps at the 13:59 mark of the first period. Keith Aucoin got the assist. Washington was able to get a slim majority of the chances in the opening period, outshooting the 'Canes 13-10.

Each team received a chance on the power play in the first period, although neither resulted in goals. The Capitals have come out as the agressor in the hit department, holding a 10-6 advantage over the Hurricanes in the first 20 minutes.

Goalie Michael Neuvirth has been solid in the first for the Capitals, stopping all 10 shots he faced.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Michal Neuvirth To Start, Mike Knuble Back To Healthy Scratch

BALLSTON, Va. - There was nothing out of the ordinary at the Washington Capitals' morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday as the team prepared for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Michal Neuvirth was the first goalie off the ice Tuesday, so it is likely that he will start his sixth consecutive game Tuesday. Neuvirth is 3-2-0 in his last five starts, allowing 11 goals on 128 shots. Tomas Vokoun will back up and according to head coach Dale Hunter, he is "100 percent" after sitting out of Sunday's 1-0 loss with the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury. Hunter said that he simply wants to Vokoun to get in more practices before he returns.

Mike Knuble, Roman Hamrlik and John Erskine took part in extra work, so they will sit as healthy scratches. Keith Aucoin - a former Hurricane - will return to the lineup at Knuble's expense.

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Hurricanes Vs. Capitals: Caps Look To Salvage Homestand Against 'Canes

After losing back-to-back shutout games at home, the Caps look to just score in another pivotal game against the 'Canes.

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