The loss kept the Capitals two points ahead of Winnipeg and Buffalo in the race for the Eastern Conference's 8th and final playoff spot. Carolina defeated Winnipeg 4-3 Sunday night. Washington looked distinctly second-best in this game, as they were outshot 29-18.
The only goal of the third period was Bryan Bickell's empty-net goal with 1:47 left in regulation.
The Capitals continue their road trip Monday night, when they hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena to face the Detroit Red Wings.
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