Capitals 3, Hurricanes 2
The newly formed Semin-Ovechkin-Federov troika masterminded all three Caps goals, but the threesome waited until ten seconds before the end of regulation to actually seal the deal. What a tease.
The Hurricanes found the net on their first shot of the game, going up 1-0 just three minutes into the first period with a deflection goal by Scott Walker. Sergei Federov scored off of a nice leading pass from Alexander Ovechkin early in the second period to tie the game 1-1. The game stayed knotted at 1 until Tuomo Ruutu scored later in the second, putting Carolina up, 2-1.
During a long, intense (awesome) stretch of whistle-less play in the third period, Craig Loughlin (sort of) successfully predicted that the next shot would be the "game winner." Alexander Semin proceeded to score off of assists from Ovi with less than three minutes left in the third, and then again with just over ten seconds left in the game, securing a Caps victory and just barely keeping the game from going into OT.
This, fortunately or unfortunately, is pretty much how we roll. It would probably be better for our blood pressure not to win or lose games in such a dramatic fashion, but it definitely keeps things interesting...and it's pretty sweet when we come out on top.