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No Fire In Carolina: Capitals 5, Hurricanes 1

It was another third period meltdown and another 5-1 loss at the RBC Center Friday night as the Washington Capitals dominated the Carolina Hurricanes in front of 15,589.

Coach Paul Maurice was not happy with the game or the effort and stated as much in his post game interview, claiming that his team had no fire and played bad hockey down the stretch.

The Canes did take a 1-0 lead just 3:26 into the game when Anthony Stewart tipped in a Jay Harrison shot.  Stat wise, things were even in the first, but the rest of the way it was pretty much down hill for the home team.

The Caps took a 2-1 lead early in the second period by scoring two goals just a minute and change apart.   

It looked like the Canes tied things up shortly after during a powerplay chance when Jeff Skinner knocked in a loose puck along the goal line.  But  the ref didn't see the puck and had blown the play dead.  Skinner reacted wildly after the call, upset with the obvious blunder.  In the dressing room, he said he heard the whistle right before he knocked it in and just reacted to it.

Carolina had some powerplay chances after that fast whistle, but could not get much going even with the man advantage.  They finished the game 0-4 on the powerplay.

The third period was all Washington as they scored three goals and dominated the stat sheet.  A couple of players said that they thought the team stopped skating when it was 3-1 and Maurice seemed to agree with that as well. 

Next up the team faces Dallas on Sunday afternoon.

Game Notes:

  • Carolina had 25 shots on goal to 32 for Washington.  Skinner had a team high six. 
  • Eric Staal had another frustrating night and it showed by his reactions.  He finished at -2 and had one official shot on goal.   The team really needs him to pick up his game and he failed to do so on this night.
  • Showing how meaningless the hit totals can be at times, the Canes outhit the Caps 27-6, but one could say that Washington physically manhandled Carolina in this one because of their size advantage.  
  • The Canes had 25 blocked shots, led by Bryan Allen with four.
  • Faceoffs ended up at 50% each

Post game interviews follow with a colorful metaphor or two added by Paul Maurice: