Caps hold on to beat Hurricanes

Raleigh, NC ( – Eric Fehr scored a tiebreaking goal with
4:02 remaining in the third period to lift the visiting Washington Capitals to
a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Jay Beagle had a goal in the first period and Braden Holtby made 29 saves for
the Capitals, who snapped a two-game losing streak with a fifth straight win
at PNC Arena.

Alexander Semin scored his first goal of the season for Carolina, which has
dropped five of its last seven games. Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots in

Semin whipped a backhander from the slot that went in off the crossbar, tying
the game 3:19 into the third. The tally was the 500th career point for the
former Washington first-round pick.

The Capitals retook the lead after Carolina forward Riley Nash mishandled the
puck in the defensive zone. Fehr pounced on the loose puck, shook off a slash
and beat Khudobin on the glove side.

Carolina couldn’t produce an equalizer despite extended time in Washington’s
end with Khudobin on the bench.

Washington capitalized on a Carolina turnover to open the scoring. Defenseman
Michal Jordan lost the puck at his own blue line, leading to a rush by Jason
Chimera. Khudobin stopped a shot by Chimera, but Beagle poked the rebound into
an open net at 2:19 of the first.

Game Notes

Carolina starting goaltender Cam Ward missed Thursday’s game with a lower-body
injury … The Capitals improved to 5-1-1 against teams from the Metropolitan
Division this season.