RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Carolina gave the fans in PNC Arena a treat in its first home playoff game in nearly a decade. Dougie Hamilton’s two power-play goals, another pair from Warren Foegele, and a stingy showing from the Hurricanes’ defense carried them to a 5-0 win over Washington that cut the series deficit to 2-1.
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead on a Foegele deflection that beat Braden Holtby at the 9:43 mark of the first period.
Shortly after, tookie Andrei Svechnikov goaded Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin into a fight. Ovechkin dropped the younger Russian with a few punches to the face, removing him from the rest of the game in the process.
Carolina gave up six shots on goal from that point on — most of which came in the final minutes of the game.
Foegle doubled the advantage 6:09 into the second period before Hamilton netted the first of his two power-play markers. Brock McGinn put his stamp on the proceedings by making it 5-0 with less than five minutes to go.
Carolina had 52 hits to Washington’s 34.
Carolina’s power play, which was relatively dry through the first two games in Washington, was 2-for-5 Monday in Raleigh. Its penalty kill fended off the defending champions on their four opportunities.
Foegele finished with his two goals and an assist. Jordan Staal and Jaccob Slavin each had a pair of helpers.
Petr Mrazek had an 18-save shutout.
Game 4 between the two will be Thursday night in Raleigh.