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Ovechkin, Nylander propel Capitals past Hurricanes

Sep 26, 2008 - 2:05 AM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Unlike last season, it appears the Washington Capitals are poised to start the regular season on a tear thanks to their potent offensive attack.

Alex Ovechkin and Michael Nylander each netted two goals to lead the Capitals to a 5-2 preseason victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Behind Ovechkin's 65-goal campaign in 2007-08, the Capitals became the first team in league history to be mired in last place in December and then make the playoffs, capturing the Southeast Division on the season's last day after a final 11-1 push.

Carolina grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period on power-play goals by Harrison Reed and Ryan Bayda, but Washington erupted for five unanswered tallies.

Nylander put the Capitals on the board 6:06 into the second session, converting a pass from Ovechkin past goaltender Michael Leighton during a man advantage.

Leighton, who made 15 saves, was replaced by Daniel Manzato midway through the period. Ovechkin greeted the 24-year-old Swiss netminder rudely, knotting the game by scoring on a penalty shot with 5:08 left in the second.

Nylander struck again at 2:20 of the third, giving the Capitals the lead for good at 3-2. Chris Bourque, who also had an assist, followed with a goal just over four minutes later and Ovechkin capped the outburst with a power-play tally with 7:09 left.

Captain Chris Clark added a pair of assists for the Capitals.

Washington's Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves before being replaced by Daren Machesney, who turned away all three shots he faced in the third.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 2 0 0 2
    WASHINGTON 0 2 3 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) DAN LACOUTURE 1 (DWIGHT HELMINEN, DENNIS
    SEIDENBERG) 4:49
    CAR - (PP) RYAN BAYDA 1 (DRAYSON BOWMAN, FRANTISEK KABERLE)
    11:03
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) MICHAEL NYLANDER 1 (ALEX OVECHKIN, CHRIS BOURQUE)
    6:06
    WAS -

    Sep 25 9:42 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 5
    3RD PRD: WAS - (PP) ALEX OVECHKIN 2 (MIKE GREEN, BOYD GORDON) 12:51

    Hurricanes 2, Capitals 5  3rd - 7:09Sep 25 9:25 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 4
    3RD PRD: WAS - CHRIS BOURQUE 1 (CHRIS CLARK, JOHN ERSKINE) 6:08

    Hurricanes 2, Capitals 4  3rd - 13:52Sep 25 9:13 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 3
    3RD PRD: WAS - MICHAEL NYLANDER 2 (CHRIS CLARK) 2:20

    Hurricanes 2, Capitals 3  3rd - 17:40Sep 25 9:04 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 2 0 2
    WASHINGTON 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) DAN LACOUTURE 1 (DWIGHT HELMINEN, DENNIS
    SEIDENBERG) 4:49
    CAR - (PP) RYAN BAYDA 1 (DRAYSON BOWMAN, FRANTISEK KABERLE)
    11:03
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) MICHAEL NYLANDER 1 (ALEX OVECHKIN, CHRIS BOURQU

    Sep 25 8:44 PM


  • NHL
    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 2
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PS) ALEX OVECHKIN 1 14:52

    Hurricanes 2, Capitals 2  2nd - 5:08Sep 25 8:35 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 1
    2ND PRD: WAS - (PP) MICHAEL NYLANDER 1 (ALEX OVECHKIN, CHRIS BOURQUE)
    6:06

    Hurricanes 2, Capitals 1  2nd - 13:54Sep 25 8:14 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 2 2
    WASHINGTON 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) DAN LACOUTURE 1 (DWIGHT HELMINEN, DENNIS
    SEIDENBERG) 4:49
    CAR - (PP) RYAN BAYDA 1 (DRAYSON BOWMAN, FRANTISEK KABERLE)
    11:03
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAR

    Sep 25 7:42 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    WASHINGTON 0
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) RYAN BAYDA 1 (DRAYSON BOWMAN, FRANTISEK KABERLE)
    11:03

    Hurricanes 2, Capitals 0  1st - 8:57Sep 25 7:31 PM


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    CAROLINA 1
    WASHINGTON 0
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) DAN LACOUTURE 1 (DWIGHT HELMINEN, DENNIS
    SEIDENBERG) 4:49

    Hurricanes 1, Capitals 0  1st - 15:11Sep 25 7:20 PM
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    Hurricanes vs. CapitalsSep 25 6:36 PM