Carolina 3, Washington 2 (SO): Full Team Effort Leads To Crucial Victory

March 26th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
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With the Carolina Hurricanes entering the third round of the shootout, Ray Whitney knew he had a lot to do if he wanted to single-handedly keep the 'Canes alive and still fighting for the extra point.

After blowing a 2-0 lead built in the first 10 minutes of regulation, Carolina struggled throughout. Fortunately for the Hurricane faithful, they held on every time they needed to Thursday night in the RBC Center in their regular season, series-deciding game against the division rival Washington Capitals.

Manny Legace had recorded 41 solid saves, but two preventable five-hole goals from 35-goal-scorer Alexander Semin and John Carlson, who's tally was the first of his NHL career, had tied the game up after a quick start by Carolina.

Back in the first period, both rookie defensemen Jamie McBain and Bryan Rodney recorded their second and first goals in the NHL, respectively, marking just the third time in Hartford/Carolina franchise history that two first-season defensemen had scored in the same game.

At the wire, Legace had also come up big. He made two miraculous, last-di ...

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