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[December 21, 2013]
RALEIGH, N.C. —
Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2: Captain
Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career NHL goal and Washington tallied
three times with the man advantage to defeat host Carolina.
Ovechkin became the sixth-fastest player in league history to
reach the plateau, getting there in 634 career games. Marcus
Johansson, defenseman John Carlson and Troy Brouwer added goals,
Nicklas Backstrom had four assists and Philipp Grubauer stopped 39
shots as the Capitals won for the fifth time in seven games.
Jordan Staal and Riley Nash replied for the Hurricanes, who have
dropped five of six. Cam Ward made 25 saves in defeat.
Staal kicked off the scoring with 2:48 remaining in the first
period, gathering Alexander Semin's tip pass at center ice before
breaking down the right side and snapping a shot past Grubauer on
the blocker side. Washington drew even on a power play in the
opening minute of the second, as Johnasson jammed home a loose puck
following a goal-mouth scramble.
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Carlson's power-play goal at 8:34 on a blast from the point
gave the Capitals their first lead, and Washington countered
Nash's man-advantage tally at 11:16 with Brouwer's redirection
of defenseman Mike Green's point shot with 4:31 remaining and
Semin serving a holding penalty. Grubauer made the lead stand,
weathering Carolina's 13-shot third-period storm before Ovechkin
iced it with an empty netter.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Johansson left the game with a lower-body injury
late in the second period and did not return. ... Ovechkin
reached the milestone just ahead of countryman Pavel Bure, who
scored his 400th goal in his 635th career game. Only Wayne
Gretzky (436), Mike Bossy (506), Mario Lemieux (508), Brett Hull
(520) and Jari Kurri (608) scored 400 goals in quicker fashion.
... The teams meet again Jan. 2 in Washington.
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