Staff photo by Chris Seward
RALEIGH — Talk about a badly needed and well-earned victory.
The Carolina Hurricanes outlasted the Washington Capitals 3-1 Sunday night at the RBC Center, giving Paul Maurice his first victory as coach -- in his second stint behind the bench -- and closing the gap on the Southeast Division leaders.
Eric Staal's goal with 4:09 left gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. Ray Whitney then added a third goal -- his second of the game -- to seal a victory that trimmed the Caps' lead in the division to four points and ended a three-game losing streak.