Caps Recap: Carolina avoids elimination, beats Caps 5-2

Jaccob Slavin, Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov
Carolina Hurricanes’ Jaccob Slavin (74) falls to the ice while defending against Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. Ovechkin scored on the play. Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov, left, of Russia, looks on. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP/Gerry Broome)
Jaccob Slavin, Alex Ovechkin
Carolina Hurricanes’ Jaccob Slavin (74) defends against Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP/Gerry Broome)
Teuvo Teravainen, Braden Holtby, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Jonas Siegenthaler
Carolina Hurricanes’ Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, reacts following a goal against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. Capitals’ Andre Burakovsky (65), of Austria, and John Carlson (74) look on with Capitals’ Jonas Siegenthaler (34), of the Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP/Gerry Broome)
Alex Ovechkin
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (8), off Russia, leaves the ice following a penalty during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. Carolina won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP/Gerry Broome)
Justin Faulk, Carl Hagelin
Carolina Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk (27) and Washington Capitals’ Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, chase the puck during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP/Gerry Broome)
Warren Foegele, Braden Holtby, Jordan Staal
Carolina Hurricanes’ Warren Foegele (13) tries to score against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) while Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal (11) assists during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP/Gerry Broome)
Petr Mrazek, Evgeny Kuznetsov
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek, of the Czech Republic, defends against Washington Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP/Gerry Broome)
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Jaccob Slavin, Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov
Jaccob Slavin, Alex Ovechkin
Teuvo Teravainen, Braden Holtby, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Jonas Siegenthaler
Alex Ovechkin
Justin Faulk, Carl Hagelin
Warren Foegele, Braden Holtby, Jordan Staal
Petr Mrazek, Evgeny Kuznetsov

In a first-round series where neither team has won on the road, that theme continued in Game 6 as the Carolina Hurricanes fought to keep their season alive with a 5-2 win over the Capitals.

Brett Connolly opened the scoring for the Caps five minutes into the game. Andre Burakovsky rushed into the zone with Lars Eller, and after a quick pass from behind the net, Connolly beat Petr Mrazek glove side. It’s Connolly’s second goal of this round.

But the Hurricanes rebounded quickly. Nic Dowd took a hooking penalty, and as he exited the box, Warren Foegele scored a spin-o-rama goal to put Carolina on the board. It’s Foegele’s fourth goal of the playoffs.

After mocking Dougie Hamilton for shying away from another booming hit, Alex Ovechkin helped the Caps take the lead again of a wrist shot in the slot. It’s Ovechkin’s fourth goal of the series and his first at even strength.

The Hurricanes opened the second period by tying the game again. Jonas Siegenthaler fumbled the puck behind the net, and Sebastian Aho fed the puck to a streaking Teuvo Teravainen who buried it.

Carolina nearly pulled ahead when Justin Williams caught an alley-oop pass and poked the puck past Holtby. It was deemed no-goal by the officials due to a high stick.

The first lead change of the series occurred in the third period. Jordan Staal beat both Capitals defenders in front of Holtby to score on the rebound. It’s Staal’s first time back in the playoffs since 2012.

Washington tried to retake the lead after an Evgeny Kuznetsov stuff attempt was waved off because Ovechkin jammed at Mrazek’s pad.

Williams added a deflection goal, and Hamilton gave the Canes the insurance marker with an empty-netter.

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