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Hurricanes lose Svechnikov after brawl but whip Capitals, 5-0

Chip Alexander, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Hockey

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes needed a few heroes.

They needed their crowd being loud.

More than anything, the Canes needed a playoff victory over the Washington Capitals.

This night, it all came together for the Canes in a 5-0 victory in Game 3 as the series shifted to PNC Arena and the momentum shifted after the Caps, the defending Stanley Cup champions, won the first two games.

Canes rookie forward Andrei Svechnikov left the game with an injury, battered in a fight with the Caps' Alex Ovechkin, but Warren Foegele and Dougie Hamilton -- two of Svechnikov's best friends on the team -- took it from there.

Foegele, active and inspired, and Hamilton each scored twice and Foegele added an assist as the Canes won their first playoff game at home since 2009. Hamilton scored on power plays in the second and third periods as the sellout crowd of 18,783, which included NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, rumbled from start to finish.

 

When Brock McGinn, who had a goal and assist, scored in the third, it was 5-0. Canes fans were hoarse but still loud enough.

Goalie Petr Mrazek earned his fourth career playoff shutout and had little work as the aggressive Canes kept the puck much of the game, limiting the Caps to 15 shots. The Canes outshot the Caps 45-15.

The Canes again lifted their sticks and took a bow after the game. The crowd roared again.

Hamilton's first score highlighted a dominating second period in which the Canes limited the Caps to one shot and at times had the defending champs rattled and making mistakes. The Caps were the poised, patient team in the first two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, winning 4-2 and then 4-3 in overtime at Capital One Arena for a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven series.

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