With a healthy Michal Neuvirth back in net for the first time in more than a month, the Washington Capitals took an unfortunate start to their game against the Carolina Hurricanes and morphed it into a 3-2 win.
After the Hurricanes climbed up to a two-goal lead, including the first goal scored a little over a minute into the first period by none other than former Cap Alexander Semin, the Capitals turned the tide. Joey Crabb sliced the Carolina lead in half and Aaron Volpatti registered his first assist–and actually his first point, too–as a member of the Washington team on that goal.
Eric Staal and his team ended up paying very dearly when he was called for high-sticking Tom Poti at the very end of the second period. Just after the third period began, Alexander Ovechkin put away a power play goal, thereby tying up the game and reaching his 700th career point.
His attempt to complete the comeback later in the third, though, didn’t go so well for him. He took a shot that hit the post, then dribbled along the goal line but did not go across it. Thankfully for him, he had Mike Ribeiro. His teammate finished the job, even though it originally looked like it was covered up by Dan Ellis, but it was a good goal and ended up being all the Caps would need.
Ribeiro got first star of the game. Neuvirth, who admitted to feeling nervous and rusty after being sidelined for so long, was named second star for his 38 saves and .947 save percentage, which is not bad for a first game back.
This also broke a three-game losing streak for Washington and the team has already made it up to Boston to face the Boston Bruins in a March 16 matinee–although apparently Mike Green was rather eager to get into a shot taken en route: