WASHINGTON -- They may have changed divisions but one thing about the Carolina Hurricanes' games with Washington has not changed: they're still rugged, at times chippy affairs.
The two old Southeast Division rivals, now members of the new Metropolitan Division, went at it Thursday at the Verizon Center and it's 2-2 after two periods.
The Canes, trailing 1-0 after the first, tied the sore 1-1 on Elias Lindholm's first NHL goal. The Caps retook the lead 2-1 as Alexander Ovechkin tipped in a shot, but Alexander Semin's power-play goal tied it 2-2.
Semin, playing against his former team, was booed each time he touched the puck. But he bombed in a shot from the left circle on a 5-on-3 power play for his first goal of the season.
The Capitals did some running and gunning in the first period, setting up well offensively and getting off 14 shots in taking a 1-0 lead. Oddly, the goal was scored on one of the Caps' weakest attempts.
Jason Chimera scored at 5:33 of the first, following up a rebound with a weak wrister from the left circle. Canes goalie Anton Khudobin, slightly screened, never could track the puck.
The Chimera goal was the Caps' fourth at even strength this season. The Caps led the NHL in power-play percentage (6-12, 50 percent) before the game but was 0-2 in the opening period.
Khudobin, making his second start of the season, made nice stops on shots by Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr and Mikhail Grabovski in the first three minutes.
Braden Holtby, in net for the Caps, faced nine shots but was not forced into any difficult stops.
The Canes had a power play after Chimera's goal but couldn't convert, getting off one shot by Alex Semin.