Carolina halts Washington win streak
RALEIGH, N.C. – Eric Staal broke a tie 51 seconds into the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes went on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Thursday night.
The goal was initially waved off and play continued for a few seconds before the horn sounded to stop play and start a review that determined it counted.
"I was pretty sure it went in, but you don't want to celebrate like a real yahoo and then [have] it called back," Staal said.
The Hurricanes ended the Capitals' winning streak at nine games.
"We were way too loose," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "We were throwing loose change in the middle of the ice, and our battles weren't as strong as they needed to be until the end, when we had a push. ... We had a couple of passengers today, which is rare."
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