On a day where the Carolina Hurricanes gained an owner, they proved unable to shed another.
The Washington Capitals, a team that has long exerted dominance in their meetings with the Hurricanes, willed themselves to victory when Jay Beagle finished a centering pass from Nicklas Backstrom with about a second left to give the Capitals a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t be able to relinquish if they tried.
A buzzing crowd at PNC Arena hoped to be able to celebrate a victory on such a monumental day for their team, and an early power play goal by Jordan Staal felt like it had them on their way to being able to do so.
But Lars Eller scored on the Hurricanes for the second consecutive night to tie the game before the end of the first, and Alexander Ovechkin unleashed one of his patented one-time slappers from the circle to give Washington a 2-1 lead in the second.
Carolina answered when Sebastian Aho beat Philip Grubauer with a power play bomb of his own later in the second, and Jeff Skinner scored a dazzling goal early in the third to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead.
Then, with about three minutes to go, an ill-advised pass to the middle of the ice by Noah Hanifin found the stick of Washington’s Brett Connolly, who beat Cam Ward with a shot that neither player was entirely prepared for.
It looked like the Hurricanes at least had a point sewn up until the aforementioned goal by Beagle.
The Hurricanes return to action at home on Sunday when they welcome a surging Calgary Flames team to PNC Arena. Following that, they will embark upon their league-mandated five day “bye week.”
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