On a Sunday afternoon just hours after the Washington Redskins fell to the Minnesota Vikings, the Washington Capitals are doing their best to send D.C. sports fans home happy as they lead the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 after the first period.
The Capitals opened the scoring at 7:00 when Eric Fehr stole the puck from Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen in the corner and sent a pass to Marcus Johansson, who was wide open in the slot. Johansson then beat Cam Ward for his third goal of the season.
Alexander Semin added his 18th goal of the season and fourth in his last three periods of action at 18:47. Alex Ovechkin broke free, worked the puck around Hurricanes Tim Gleason and found Semin for the point-blank one-timer.
Washington is outshooting Carolina 17-7 and has been dominating the flow of play throughout the first period. The Hurricanes also found themselves down 2-0 heading into the third period in the teams' last meeting Wednesday before tying it at 2-2 within the first 10 minutes of the period. The Capitals would go on to win that game 3-2.