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Hurricanes game with Caps is still on

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes announced that tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals will be played as scheduled.

Fans who cannot attend tonight’s game may exchange their unused tickets for tickets of equal or lesser value (subject to availability) for any Hurricanes game for the remainder of the 2010-11 regular season, with the exception of the games on Feb. 18, April 6 and April 9. Such exchanges must be made at the Time Warner Cable Box Office at the RBC Center during regular operating hours beginning Tuesday, Dec. 28. Fans must have their tickets in-hand when making their exchange.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Carolinas HD beginning at 7 p.m.

Earlier today the team cancelled the Exclusive Season Ticket Holder Pregame Skate due to the weather conditions. That event will be rescheduled.

Get the latest updates on our CanesNow Twitter account, @ice_chip.

Capitals 3, Hurricanes 0

RALEIGH — The Washington Capitals spoiled the Carolina Hurricanes home opener in a 3-0 shutout at the RBC Center Wednesday.

Caps' center Niklas Backstrom scored on a rebound from the left wing after star center Alex Ovechkin set up winger Mike Knuble on the right wing. Knuble's shot deflected out to Backstrom, who scored at 12:23 in the period to give his team a 2-0 lead.

The Capitals added an empty-netter late, as Washington goalie Michal Neuvirth picked up his first career shutout.

The Capitals scored their first goal at 10:47 in the first period,  drawing boos from a home crowd that wanted the goal disallowed for contact on Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

A shot from the point from Caps defenseman John Erskine was deflected by Ward. But Caps forward David Steckel fell on top of Ward as he passed to Matt Hendricks, who scored on the open net.

That score holds after the Capitals weathered the storm in the second period, including one good power play from the Hurricanes, which ended on a blind pass from Sergei Samsonov to a Eric Staal.

Staal one-timed the pass from the right circle, but Washington goalie Michal Neuvirth gloved the shot, one of several chances he denied on the fast-paced penalty kill, including rookie Jeff Skinner's wrap-around attempt, which took the officials minutes of film review to decide the puck never crossed the line.

In the starting lineup around center Eric Staal are forwards Jussi Jokinen and Chad LaRose and defensemen Jamie McBain and Joni Pitkanen. Goalie Cam Ward is in the crease for the Canes.

Five minutes into the game, Skinner had a scoring chance on a rebound he nearly put in.

About a minute later Washington Capitals' winger Eric Fehr had an even better chance in front of the net, but he hit the right post.

The Canes had a short-handed chance late in the first period, but a rushing Patrick Dwyer couldn't get Jay Harrison's pass on his tape.

Canes 3, Caps 2, SO

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shootout off the stick of forward Chad LaRose at the RBC Center Thursday. 

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scored his first NHL goal at 2:12 in the third period, tying the Carolina Hurricanes at 2-2.

Washington forward Alexander Semin scored at 1:43 in the second period cutting the Hurricanes' early 2-0 lead in half.

The Canes' first goal was scored by defenseman Jamie McBain, who made his NHL debut on March 16. The blue-line shot on the power play at 2:11 was McBain's second goal of the season.

Defenseman Bryan Rodney scored the second goal, the first of his NHL career, at 9:09.

Hurricanes foward Jussi Jokinen earned the primary assist on both goals.

Capitals 3, Canes 2

Penguins have been in Canes' shoes

RALEIGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins know what it feels like to be down 2-0 in a Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

In the last round, the Washington Capitals took a 2-0 lead to start the series. The Penguins proceeded to go on a 3-0 tear before trading blows to win the series in Game 7 in Washington.

Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik said the team never lost its confidence.

“With all due respect to the way Washington played, we kind of had the feeling that we had kind of beaten ourselves with the mistakes that we made,” said Orpik. “It wasn’t like they were doing stuff that we weren’t prepared for. … It was just mistakes that we were making. It wasn’t plays that they were making."

Hurricanes 4, Capitals 1

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RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t let up in their quest for a playoff spot.

And they especially didn't let up in the third period, breaking a 1-1 stalemate with three unanswered goals.

The Hurricanes faithful erupted with a standing ovation.

They won their third game in a row and eighth straight home contest, holding off a feisty Washington Capitals squad 4-1 at the RBC Center Saturday.

With the win, the Hurricanes earned their 85th point and held on to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. They have eight games left to play, though most of the teams they’re fighting with for a spot have games in hand.

Capitals 5, Hurricanes 4 (SO)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to Alex Ovechkin — who else? — the Washington Capitals finally rediscovered how to win at home.

Ovechkin moved within one goal of becoming the first Capitals player with 50 in three seasons and netted the winner in the shootout, helping his team end a four-game losing streak in Washington with a 5-4 victory over Carolina on Saturday night.

Mike Green scored his 24th goal, most among NHL defensemen, and assisted on Ovechkin's tally, while Alexander Semin has his 29th goal and three assists.

Hurricanes 5, Capitals 2

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Carolina's Patrick Eaves scored twice, and the Hurricanes produced goals every which way — penalty shot, short-handed, power play, even strength — in a 5-2 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday night, Washington's second consecutive lopsided loss at home.

Eaves entered with three goals in 57 games this season, but he nearly doubled that output in a 10½-minute span of the second period against rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth, who started for Washington because Jose Theodore had the flu.

Eric Staal scored on a penalty shot, Eaves and Matt Cullen put in short-handed goals less than 4 minutes apart, Chad LaRose tallied during a 5-on-5, and Eaves' power-play goal made it 5-0 with about 2 minutes left in the second period.

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