The Carolina Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then allowed two goals in the third period before defeating the Washington Capitals, 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night at the PNC Arena.
Jaccob Slavin notched the game-winner when he scored as the fourth shooter in the shootout. The win gave the Canes a 4-2-1 record for the preseason as they begin the regular season and early road trip at Winnipeg next week.
Carolina played pretty much their regular season roster in this game. The Caps left Alex Ovechkin, TJ Oshie, and Nicklas Backstrom at home.
Noah Hanifin had an assist and scored a goal to lead the home team. Early in the second period, the defenseman skated the puck behind the net and fed it to Jordan Staal who found Lee Stempniak alone at the doorstep. Stempniak batted the puck off the ice and into the net to make it 1-0.
Then to start off the third, Hanifin lit the lamp with a blast inside the blueline. It was a powerplay goal.
Later in the third, the Caps scored twice within 2:31 to tie the game. Neither team could score in overtime so next came the dreaded shootout, something this team has had trouble with in the past.
The Caps started with Evgeny Kuznetsov, who scored. The Canes countered with Jeff Skinner and he knocked in his attempt off the pipes.
Next up for the visitors was Andre Burakovsky, who also scored. Teuvo Teravainen evened the score once again with a sweet move.
Cam Ward stopped Lars Eller but Victor Rask was also stopped at the other end.
Justin Williams was also stopped which led to Bill Peters’ choice of Jaccob Slavin, who went backhand for the win.
Slavin said after the game he had made a couple of similar moves in practice and that is why his number must have been called.
Justin Faulk left the game early in the second period with a “lower body concern” and did not return. There was no update after the game about his status.