Third-period goals by Alex Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks and 40 saves from Braden Holtby enabled the Washington Capitals to rally from a 1-0 deficit and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Friday night at the Verizon Center. The win was Washington's seventh in a row, the Caps' longest winning streak of the season.
The winning goal came at 7:24 of the third period when Jason Arnott, who had just come out of the penalty box after serving a two-minute hooking penalty, picked up the loose puck in the neutral zone and set off on a breakaway. Carolina goalie Cam Ward made a brilliant stop with his left pad to deny Arnott, but Ward had no answer for Matt Hendricks, who had been trailing the play. Hendricks flipped the puck over Ward's prone form to score his eighth goal of the season.
Carolina took the lead with 35.1 seconds to go in the second period as Tuomo Ruutu finished a move that was started by Bryan Allen behind the Hurricanes net. The defenseman whipped a long pass up the boards to Cory Stillman in the neutral zone. Taking a couple strides in from the left point, Stillman dropped a pass off to Ruutu, who skated through the high slot to the top of the right face-off circle and wristed a shot past Holtby for his 16th goal of the season. It was the first goal that Holtby had allowed since being recalled from Hershey on March 3.
It didn't take long for the Capitals to tie the game up. Forty-seven seconds into the third period, Mike Knuble fed Marcus Johansson, who skated into the Carolina zone with Alex Ovechkin on his left. Johansson left the puck for Ovechkin, who unleashed a wicked wrister into the net to tie the game, 1-1. It was Ovechkin's third goal in the last two games (28th of the season) and extended his point streak to seven games.