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Carolina Hurricanes Fall to Washington Capitals 4-3 in Shootout

The Hurricanes failed to hold onto a late third-period lead en route to a 4-3 shootout loss to the Capitals.

Jamie Kellner

A seven-game home win streak came to an end for the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night as the Washington Capitals took home the extra point in a shootout victory at the PNC Arena.

Carolina struck first just under six minutes into the opening frame. Good puck retrieval from Victor Rask got the puck to Derek Ryan in the slot and he found Jeff Skinner who was parked in front of the net. Skinner knocked it home from the crease for his 12th of the year to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

An early second-period penalty to Derek Ryan gave the Capitals their second power play of the evening and they capitalized on it. Alex Ovechkin buried an opportunity on the rush following a neutral zone turnover from Viktor Stalberg to tie the game at one. That goal ended Carolina’s run of 21 consecutive killed penalties.

Following a slew of unsuccessful power plays from Carolina, Washington took their first lead of the night. Former Hurricane Justin Williams was left unnoticed in front of Cam Ward and he ripped a one-time opportunity off of Matt Tennyson’s skate and past Cam Ward to make it 2-1 at 11:13 of period two.

Moments later, the Canes got the equalizer. A 2-on-1 rush sprung by Teuvo Teravainen led to a marvelous feed from Sebastian Aho to Justin Faulk, and Faulk beat Philipp Grubauer for his fifth goal of the season to tie the game at two.

It took 32 seconds for the Hurricanes to get another power play chance in period three, and it only took eight more seconds for the Canes to cash in. Jaccob Slavin dealt the puck to Sebastian Aho at the top of the right circle following an offensive zone faceoff win, and Teuvo Teravainen deflected the puck past Grubauer from the slot to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead.

American treasure T.J. Oshie netted his tenth of the year on a deflection with just 6:04 to go in period three, effectively tying things up once again, this time at three.

A shootout would go on to decide this one, and it was the Capitals who came out with the extra point after T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov beat Cam Ward in rounds one and two. Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin came up empty handed for the Hurricanes.

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