Washington 4, Carolina 3

Saturday, October 8, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 0-1-1-0 0-1-0-0 0-0-1-0 L2
Washington 1-0-0-0 1-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 W1


Mike Green scored 2:24 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in their home opener.

Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera each added a tally and Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves for the Capitals, who went 25-8-8 at the Verizon Center last season.

Jussi Jokinen committed a holding penalty at the 1:29 mark in overtime and it took Washington just under a minute to capitalize on the man advantage. Holding the puck in the high slot, Green wound up and fired a slap shot between Brian Boucher’s pads for the game-winner.

The Capitals had a taken the lead in the third on the power play as well, cashing in a 5-on-3 chance with 3:45 remaining when Laich tipped in Alex Ovechkin’s shot from the doorstep to give Washington a 3-2 lead.

But Washington could not close it in the final minutes. Jokinen found the puck in the slot with 1:19 remaining and slapped it past Neuvirth, knotting it at 3-3.

Eric Staal scored two power-play goals and finished with three points for the Hurricanes.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   Washington
Eric Staal 3 Points Nicklas Backstrom 2
Eric Staal 2 Goals Jason Chimera 1
Jeff Skinner 3 Assists Nicklas Backstrom 2
Eric Staal 2 Power Play Goals Mike Green 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Brian Boucher .889 Save Percentage Michal Neuvirth .903
Brian Boucher 32 Saves Michal Neuvirth 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 31 3 2-4 3-5 10 31
Washington 36 4 2-5 2-4 8 37

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Capitals have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play its next game on the road against New Jersey. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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