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Period Two Recap

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More from the game:

• Carolina's first goal of the season? A 5-on-3 point blast from none other than the newcomer Pitkanen. A moment earlier, he had passed the puck into Corvo's feet, but he later took a pass back from Sergei Samsonov and ripped it past Daren Machesney, who replaced Varlamov to start the second. Corvo earned the secondary assist.

• Machesney almost yielded a goal to LaRose when he misplayed a puck well out of his crease. He scooped it up but was deemed too far from the net by the referees, earning a delay of game penalty.

• Ward came out to start the second, but Justin Peters took over at 10:20 of the period. Less than two minutes later, Peters lost sight of a loose puck and Mathieu Perreault jabbed it in the net. Fleischmann got his second of the night with 2:54 left in the second, scoring on the power play while Dwight Helminen serving a minor penalty.

• Petruzlaek will never win any awards for shooting percentage, but you can count on him to put the puck on the net whenever he gets a chance.

Scott Walker is looking just fine — he's finishing his checks and getting into all the cluttered spots on the ice. The same goes for Matt Cullen. He's looked like his old self out there.

Brett Carson and Casey Borer have both looked good, with Carson standing out a little more — he can give and take a hit, and shows smarts in his own end.

It's 4-1 Caps after two, with the unofficial shot count at 23-20 for the Canes.