Series Update – Brock McGinn scored the game-winning goal in double overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals, 4-3 to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Capitals’ loss also means that, following the first round elimination of Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames, for the first time since the 1967 NHL expansion, no division champion won a playoff series.
The Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit in winning Game 7 and dominated the overtimes, where they outshot the Capitals 18-6.
The Hurricanes now move on to face the New York Islanders in the second round.
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Game 7 Update – The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Monday night to tie the series at 3-3 and force a Game 7 decider in their first-round NHL playoff.
2-1 down at the end of the first period, the Hurricanes scored three third-period goals through Jordan Staal, Justin Williams and Dougie Hamilton to complete the rally after an equalizing goal from Teuvo Teravainen in the second period. Petr Mrazek made 23 saves.
For the defending Stanley Cup champions, Alex Ovechkin scored for the third straight game. Brett Connolly also scored, while Braden Holtby saved 31 shots.
Game 7 is Wednesday night in Washington, with the winner playing the New York Islanders in the second round.
Game 6 Update – Washington Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions, routed the Carolina Hurricanes 6-0 in Game 5 on Saturday night to take up a 3-2 series lead.
The Capitals got two goals and two assists from Nicklas Backstrom, a goal and two assists from Alex Ovechkin and a 30-save shutout from Braden Holtby.
Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek allowed six goals on 28 shots.
T.J. Oshie is ruled out indefinitely with an upper-body injury for the Caps.
Micheal Ferland missed a second consecutive game for the Canes with an upper-body injury.
Andrei Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 after being concussed in a fight with Ovechkin in Game 3.
The Canes will look to avoid elimination back in Raleigh in Game 6.
Game 5 Update – The Carolina Hurricanes beat the defending Stanley Cup champions, Washington Capitals, 2-1 on Thursday night to square the series at two games apiece in the Eastern Conference 1st Round playoff.
Rookie Warren Foegele scored just 17 seconds in for the Canes, with Teuvo Teravainen scoring the go-ahead goal with 27.9 seconds left in the 2nd Period. Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for Hurricanes.
Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Braden Holtby finished with 22 saves for the Capitals
The Hurricanes have lost three forwards in two games, with Jordan Martinook the latest casualty with a right knee injury after his heel slammed into the boards.
Game 5 in the series shifts to over Washington on Saturday night.
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Game 4 Update – Carolina Hurricanes had a comprehensive 5-0 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference 1st Round series.
In their first playoff game on home-ice in a decade, the Canes’ rookie forward Warren Foegele scored two goals and had an assist, while Dougie Hamilton also scored twice. Carolina outshot Washington 45-18.
Petr Mrazek finished with 18 saves for Carolina, while Braden Holtby stopped 40 shots for Washington.
The Canes lost two forwards due to injury in the 1st Period. Caps’ captain Alex Ovechkin’s sent rookie Andrei Svechnikov’s head crashing onto the ice, while winger Michael Ferland was hurt a couple of minutes earlier.
Game 3 Update – Defending Stanley Cup champions Washington Capitals opened up a 2-0 lead in the series of their Eastern Conference 1st Round tie against Carolina Hurricanes with Brooks Orpik netting the overtime winner in a 4-3 victory.
Braden Holtby made 25 stops for the Caps, while Petr Mrazek made 29 saves for the Canes.
Hurricanes Calvin de Haan missed his fifth game in a row with an upper-body injury, while Saku Maenalanen replaced Greg McKegg in Carolina’s lineup.
The action now moves to Raleigh, where the Canes will play their first home playoff game since May 2009. Realistically they badly need to mark the occasion with a win if they want to keep the series alive.
Game 2 Update: The Washington Capitals saw off a 3rd Period surge from the Carolina Hurricanes, in which 19-year-old rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored twice, to record a 4-2 win on home-ice in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Round 1 series on Thursday evening.
The Capitals led the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 in each of the first two games of last year’s playoffs before losing 4-3 and 5-4 and the defending Stanley Cup champions were determined not to let another postseason lead slip.
The Caps lost top-pairing defenseman Michal Kempny to injury late in the regular season, which is a huge blow.