RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Carolina got goals from Jordan Staal and captain Justin Williams in the third period, as well as a Dougie Hamilton empty netter, to beat the Capitals, 5-2. The win forces a deciding Game 7 Wednesday in Washington.
Staal scored less than four minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock and mark the first lead change of the series. The puck pinballed in the slot after a Justin Faulk point shot and Staal was able to put it away.
The Capitals appeared to have tied it at the 10:34 mark of the third when Kuznetsov split the defense and tried to force a close-quarters shot through Petr Mrazek, but the goal was waved off due to goaltender interference.
About a minute and a half later, Justin Williams redirected a seemingly innocent Brett Pesce long-range wrist shot between Holtby’s legs to give the Hurricanes some breathing room.
Hamilton put the puck in the open net to push Carolina’s lead to 5-2 with 3:06 to play.
Monday’s was the first of the series not to be won by the team that scored first. Brett Connolly beat Mrazek to give the defending champions a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the first period.
Carolina drew even just past the midway point of the first on Warren Foegele’s fourth goal of the series. Alex Ovechkin powered Washington to a first-intermission lead with a power move to the slot that saw him snap a shot past Mrazek on his nearside.
Sebastian Aho helped Carolina tie the game at 2-2 early in the second when he stole the puck behind the Washington net and fed Teuvo Teravainen in the slot.