Ovechkin ties game, scores in shootout as Caps top ‘Canes

Ovechkin ties game, scores in shootout as Caps top ‘Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. — Alex Ovechkin tied the game late in the third period and scored the winner in a shootout as the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Friday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson also scored in regulation for Washington, which has an eight-game point streak. Ilya Samsonov made 16 saves before denying all three Carolina tries in the tiebreaker.

Ovechkin was the last Washington shooter and put the puck past goalie Antti Raanta.

Rookie center Seth Jarvis scored twice for his first multigoal game and Vincent Trocheck had the other goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost three in a row. Raanta stopped 37 shots.

The Hurricanes extended their home-ice point streak to 14 games, leaving them one shy of the franchise record.

The Capitals outshot the Hurricanes 40-20, including 4-1 in overtime.

Jarvis scored the first of three goals in the opening 11 minutes of the game, ending his 18-game goal drought. He wasn’t in the lineup the previous three games.

Kuznetsov’s 21st of the season came from a tough angle for an unassisted goal at 7:32. Carlson put the Capitals on top 3:13 later.

The Hurricanes pulled even on Trocheck’s rapid-fire delivery from the slot after a Washington turnover.

The Capitals failed to clear the puck again late in the period, with the Hurricanes turning quick passing into Jarvis’ second goal with 12.4 seconds remaining. It was his 10th goal of the season.

Ovechkin tied it with 5:04 left in the third period. Nicklas Backstrom won a faceoff, setting up Ovechkin for his 39th goal of the season. He has scored in three consecutive games, including passing Jaromir Jagr for third place in NHL history with his 767th career goal.


Jarvis was back in the lineup in part because of an injury sustained by teammate Jordan Martinook late in the game a night earlier at Toronto. Martinook scored the winner in Carolina’s previous home game last Saturday against Philadelphia.


Capitals: Host the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Hurricanes: Host the New York Rangers on Sunday.

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Author: Shirley