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Backstrom's goal in overtime helps Capitals edge Hurricanes

Sep 26, 2007 - 2:23 AM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Rookie Nicklas Backstrom scored in overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Defenseman Mike Green had the first goal of the contest in the first period and Viktor Kozlov added a tally in the second for Washington, which won its preseason home opener and improved to 2-1-1 overall.

With the score knotted in the extra period, Backstrom received a pass from Green and beat reserve goaltender Michael Leighton at the 3:36 mark of overtime. The 19-year-old from Gavle, Sweden was the Capitals' first-round choice - fourth overall - in 2006.

Green had given Washington the lead in the first session, when he received a beautiful feed from Tomas Fleischmann and beat Carolina starting netminder Cam Ward with 5:05 left in the initial period.

Washington increased its advantage in the second when Kozlov took a pass from Alexander Ovechkin and drilled a power-play goal past Leighton to make it, 2-0, at the 13:30 mark.

The Hurricanes came roaring back in the third session on goals by Justin Williams at the 10:09 mark and the equalizer by Erik Cole with 3:36 left to tie the contest, sending it into OT.

Olaf Kolzig made 29 saves for the Capitals, who next face the Flyers in Philadelphia Wednesday night.

Ward stopped seven of eight shots in just over 30 minutes of action before Leighton came on and knocked away 16 of 18.






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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 0 0 2 0 2
    WASHINGTON 1 1 0 1 3 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - MIKE GREEN 2 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN) 5:05
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) VIKTOR KOZLOV 1 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, TOM POTI)
    15:30
    3RD PRD: CAR - JUSTIN WILLIAMS 3 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR, RYAN

    Sep 25 9:41 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 3
    OT: WAS - NICKLAS BACKSTROM 2 (MIKE GREEN) 3:36

    Sep 25 9:33 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 3
    OT: WAS - NICKLAS BACKSTROM 2 (MIKE GREEN) 3:36

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 0 0 2 2
    WASHINGTON 1 1 0 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - MIKE GREEN 2 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN) 5:05
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) VIKTOR KOZLOV 1 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, TOM POTI)
    15:30
    3RD PRD: CAR - JUSTIN WILLIAMS 3 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR, RYAN BAYDA) 0:36
    CAR - ERIK COLE

    Sep 25 9:29 PM
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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 2
    3RD PRD: CAR - ERIK COLE 3 (CORY STILLMAN, ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 10:09

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    CAROLINA 1
    WASHINGTON 2
    3RD PRD: CAR - JUSTIN WILLIAMS 3 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR, RYAN BAYDA) 0:36

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 0 0 0
    WASHINGTON 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - MIKE GREEN 2 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN) 5:05
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) VIKTOR KOZLOV 1 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, TOM POTI)
    15:30
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAR 7 11

    Sep 25 8:36 PM


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    CAROLINA 0
    WASHINGTON 2
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) VIKTOR KOZLOV 1 (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, TOM POTI)
    15:30

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 0 0
    WASHINGTON 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - MIKE GREEN 2 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN) 5:05
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAR 7 7
    WAS 7 7
    GOALIES: CAR - CAM WARD
    WAS - OLAF KOLZIG

    Sep 25 7:41 PM


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    CAROLINA 0
    WASHINGTON 1
    1ST PRD: WAS - MIKE GREEN 2 (TOMAS FLEISCHMANN) 5:05

    Hurricanes vs. CapitalsSep 25 7:18 PM