The Washington Capitals entered Hurricanes Country Monday looking to right the proverbial ship after several months of inconsistency. Yet, the winds of change did not blow as the Caps had hoped.
The only thing that has been consistent for the Caps this season has been their losing skids, one that is now at five of six after a 5-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Eric Staal scored twice, while Justin Faulk, Anthony Stewart and Andreas Nodl also scored for the Hurricanes, who shut out the Caps for the second straight time at RBC Center. Tomas Vokoun started the game, but did not finish it as he allowed two goals on seven shots within the first five-plus minutes. Michal Neuvirth did not fare much better, allowing three goals on 33 shots.
It was a forgettable performance for the Caps, who now only lead the cellar-dwelling Hurricanes by six points in the Eastern Conference.
Washington returns to the ice against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday at Scotiabank Place.