Hurricanes stave off elimination, force Game 7 with Capitals

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Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) skates against Washington Capitals' Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, and John Carlson (74) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Sports Writer

Monday, April 22, 2019

RALEIGH — Carolina has more hockey to play.

The Hurricanes on Monday night staved off elimination with a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals, and sent the best-of-seven series to a Game 7 in D.C. on Wednesday.

Battling back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1, the Hurricanes took their first lead of the game with 16:09 remaining in the third period on Jordan Staal’s second goal of the series. Staal battled front the net, and from his knees was able to push the puck past Washington goalie Braden Holtby.

Still, 16:09 shone in white lights on the giant scoreboard, staring back as a reminder that the Capitals had time to end this series in Raleigh.

Over the next few minutes Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek was peppered with shots, and turned away each one. With 9:26 left, Capitals captain and series agitator Alex Ovechkin appeared to score but pushed Mrazek to do so. The would-be tying score was waved off due to the contact.

Shortly after, Justin Williams, the Hurricanes captain who entered Monday’s game with a minus-two, scored his first goal of the series to give Carolina a two-goal cushion it wouldn’t give back.

An empty-net goal by Dougie Hamilton pushed the lead to 5-2 with 3:06 left, leaving no doubt.

Warren Foegele opened the scoring for the Hurricanes with his team-leading fourth goal this postseason, and Teuvo Teravainen added another, his second this series, in the second period on an assist from Sebastian Aho.