CAR Carolina Hurricanes 1
Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes Overall (15-21)
ATS (14-22)
O/U (12-24)
December 27 2018
- NBCS-DC
WSH Washington Capitals 3
Washington Capitals Capitals Overall (23-13)
ATS (19-17)
O/U (19-15-2)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2405 Carolina Hurricanes +140 Under -105 (+1.5) -180 UNDER: 4
001
2406 Washington Capitals -160 Over -115 (-1.5) +160 Cover: 0.5
021
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
2405 CAR +140 Under: -105 (+1.5) -180 UNDER: 4
2406 WSH -160 Over: -115 (-1.5) +160 Cover: 0.5
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/27/2018
5:36 PM
WSH
-160
CAR
+140
12/27/2018
5:03 PM
WSH
-165
CAR
+145
12/27/2018
4:36 PM
WSH
-170
CAR
+150
12/27/2018
7:27 AM
WSH
-165
CAR
+145
12/26/2018
7:27 PM
WSH
-170
CAR
+150
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/27/2018
5:36 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+160
CAR
-180
12/27/2018
5:03 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+160
CAR
-180
12/27/2018
4:36 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+160
CAR
-180
12/27/2018
7:27 AM
WSH(-1.5)
+160
CAR
-180
12/26/2018
7:27 PM
WSH(-1.5)
+155
CAR
-175
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/27/2018
5:36 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/27/2018
5:03 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/27/2018
4:36 PM
6
-115
6
-105
12/27/2018
7:27 AM
6
-115
6
-105
12/26/2018
7:27 PM
6
-115
6
-105
Recap

WASHINGTON (AP) — After four days off — three without practice — the Washington Capitals shook off some expected rust Thursday night in one of their most balanced performances of the season.

T.J. Oshie scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play, John Carlson had an empty-netter, and Chandler Stephenson scored at even strength in the Capitals' 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's a little bit of everything for sure," Capitals coach Todd Reirden said of the Metropolitan Division leaders' third straight victory, and 15th in 18 games. "It's important to find different ways to score and not be one dimensional."

Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots in front of a penalty kill that shut down all four Hurricanes power plays, the last coming on a high-sticking minor on Michal Kempny with 3:46 remaining.

Washington's only sour spot came midway through the third period, when Matt Niskanen slammed face-first into the boards after tangling with Carolina's Justin Williams and Clark Bishop.

Niskanen exited under his own power but did not return, and no boarding penalty was awarded. Less than a minute later, Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes to cut it to 2-1.

Carolina was without a power-play goal for a fifth consecutive game (18 total chances) and took its third loss in four games.

"We got going, that's all," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said of the third period. "We started to play, and we got one and we got back in the game. And then nothing on the power play at the end. That's definitely been the Achilles heel all year."

Petr Mrazek made 30 stops for Carolina, which was outshot 33-29 after entering Thursday averaging a league-best plus-9.6 shot differential.

Washington went ahead on the first shot of the second. Pressure from Travis Boyd and Devante Smith-Pelly forced a turnover in Carolina's defensive end about 3 1/2 minutes in, and Stephenson was first to the puck. He put a shot into the top-right corner to beat Mrazek's glove for his second goal in three games.

Oshie made it 2-0 with 1:44 left in the period on Washington's fourth power play, finding space in front of Mrazek to redirect Carlson's shot from the top of the zone. It was the Capitals' first goal on the man advantage in five games.

"When you can't find a way to score when you have that much level of talent on a unit, you sometimes have to simplify things," Oshie said. "John made a great play. Shot to an area where I could tip. You just try to get a stick on it."

Aho scored when he pounced on a rebound following Holtby's save of Micheal Ferland's breakaway.

Holtby and his defense absorbed Carolina's late pressure in the final minutes before Carlson sealed it from his own end with 50 seconds remaining after Nicklas Backstrom's faceoff win.

"I think there was parts of the game where you just need to survive and get through," Carlson said.

NOTES: Rierden said after the game he had yet to speak with his athletic training staff about Niskanen and could not provide an update. ... Carlson added his 31st assist. ... Capitals D Brooks Orpik missed his 26th game (knee) despite participating in Thursday's morning skate. ... Hurricanes D Haydn Fleury (concussion) missed a sixth consecutive game despite also participating in the morning skate.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Wrap a two-game trip Saturday at New Jersey.

Capitals: Visit Ottawa on Saturday.

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Matchup
Hurricanes Overall
W/L 15-21
ATS 14-22
Goals For 2.5
Goals Against 2.9
Total 12-24
Hurricanes Away
W/L 6-10
ATS 6-10
Goals For 2.2
Goals Against 3.1
Total 5-11
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Capitals Overall
W/L 23-13
ATS 19-17
Goals For 3.7
Goals Against 2.9
Total 19-15-2
Capitals Home
W/L 12-7
ATS 8-11
Goals For 3.6
Goals Against 2.6
Total 9-8-2
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Game Summary
1st Period
CAR 18:10 Penalty to Sebastian Aho 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by Jakub Vrana)
WSH 10:25 Penalty to Nicklas Backstrom 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Sebastian Aho)
WSH 6:04 Penalty to Brett Connolly 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Justin Faulk)
WSH 3:35 Penalty to T.J. Oshie 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Jordan Martinook)
2nd Period
WSH 16:27 GOAL scored by Chandler StephensonCAR 0 WSH 1
CAR 15:44 Penalty to Andrei Svechnikov 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Braden Holtby)
CAR 13:42 Penalty to Andrei Svechnikov 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Jakub Vrana)
CAR 2:42 Penalty to Brett Pesce 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Chandler Stephenson)
WSH 1:44 Power play - GOAL scored by T.J. Oshie assisted by John Carlson and Alex OvechkinCAR 0 WSH 2
3rd Period
CAR 7:35 GOAL scored by Sebastian Aho assisted by Micheal FerlandCAR 1 WSH 2
WSH 3:48 Penalty to Michal Kempny 2 minutes for High Sticking (Drawn by Sebastian Aho)
WSH 00:51 GOAL scored by John Carlson assisted by Nicklas Backstrom (Empty Net)CAR 1 WSH 3
WSH 00:00 Penalty to Capitals 0 minutes for Misconduct (Served by Nicklas Backstrom)
Box Score
Hurricanes
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Janne Kuokkanen (C) 000000:009:09
Sebastian Aho (RW) 101302:0021:23
Andrei Svechnikov (RW) 000104:0018:23
Jordan Martinook (LW) 000000:0015:23
Clark Bishop (C) 000100:0013:41
Victor Rask (C) 000100:008:21
Teuvo Teravainen (LW) 000310:0020:53
Justin Williams (RW) 000200:0015:57
Warren Foegele (LW) 000000:0014:33
Lucas Wallmark (C) 000010:0016:35
Brock McGinn (LW) 000110:0010:43
Micheal Ferland (LW) 011500:0015:52

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Brett Pesce (D) 000012:0018:57
Dougie Hamilton (D) 000310:0017:26
Jaccob Slavin (D) 000310:0022:50
Calvin de Haan (D) 000100:0019:13
Justin Faulk (D) 000410:0023:35
Trevor van Riemsdyk (D) 000110:0011:45

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Petr Mrazek (G) 30/322.938LOSS
Curtis McElhinney (G) 0/00.000
Capitals
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Lars Eller (C) 000320:0018:00
Tom Wilson (RW) 000300:0013:58
Devante Smith-Pelly (RW) 000110:0012:13
Alex Ovechkin (LW) 011400:0021:08
Brett Connolly (RW) 000112:0013:00
Andre Burakovsky (LW) 000010:0010:16
T.J. Oshie (RW) 101102:0017:48
Travis Boyd (C) 000010:0011:38
Chandler Stephenson (C) 101100:0012:58
Evgeny Kuznetsov (C) 000200:0015:13
Jakub Vrana (LW) 000300:0012:44
Nicklas Backstrom (C) 011502:0020:07

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Dmitry Orlov (D) 000020:0021:35
John Carlson (D) 112210:0025:05
Madison Bowey (D) 000110:0016:38
Jonas Siegenthaler (D) 000210:0014:14
Matt Niskanen (D) 000120:0016:54
Michal Kempny (D) 000302:0018:42

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Braden Holtby (G) 28/291.966WIN
Pheonix Copley (G) 0/00.000
Officials
Linesmen Steve Miller
Linesmen Devin Berg
Referee Ghislain Hebert
Referee Jon Mclsaac