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Hurricanes 6, Capitals 2

Carolina wins fifth straight with dominant third period in Washington

Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 05: Dmitry Orlov #7 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Capital One Arena on January 05, 2024 in Washington, DC.
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The Carolina Hurricanes fell behind 2-0 in the opening period but took over the game with a five goal third period as they won their fifth straight game, 6-2 over Washington on Friday night.

Andrei Svechnikov had his sixth straight multi-point game with a goal and two assists, Sebastian Aho continued his hot streak with three assists, and Brent Burns scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Canes.

Coincidentally or not, Aho and Svechnikov started their hot streaks after coach Rod Brind’Amour put them on the same line. They have been lighting up the NHL ever since.

Special teams continued to do well, especially the powerplay. The Canes went two for three with the man advantage and killed two of three penalty kill chances.

Burns got the scoring started for Carolina when he snuck in behind the Capitals’ defense five minutes into the second period and Svechnikov found him. That made the score 2-1 and gave the visitors some life.

Early in the third period, Seth Jarvis tied the score when newly recalled Vasily Ponomarev fed him in front of the net. Dmitri Orlov created the play when he skated the puck behind the Washington net. It was Ponomarev’s first career NHL point.

A bit later in the period during a powerplay, Aho sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Svechnikov who blistered a shot past goalie Darcy Kuemper, who had no chance.

Burns would score his second, also on the powerplay, on a long shot from the point.

With an empty net to shoot at, Orlov fired a shot from his own end boards to make the score 5-2.

Ponomarev wasn’t through though as he took a nice feed from Jesperi Kotkaniemi to score his first NHL goal to go with his first assist. Obviously, it was an emotional day and night for the youngster who was recalled earlier in the day from Chicago.

The Canes played with 11 forwards due to the loss of three forwards for various reasons.

Fast, Noesen, and Necas were unable to play.

Next up, the Hurricanes return home to battle the St. Louis Blues Saturday night to complete their back-to-back.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes won 61% from the faceoff circle.
  • Carolina outshot the home team in every period and led 34-17 for the game. Brent Burns meant business this night as he led his team with six shots on goal. He also missed the net six times and had four shots blocked for a total of 16 attempted shots for the night.
  • Burns led with 22:06 of ice time.

Game Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/GS020603.HTM

Event Summary - https://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20232024/ES020603.HTM

Interviews - https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/kcvg4t2rfgygovz81ov2o/h?rlkey=pi29l8gm1v0f52n9ik8go0aug&dl=0