Beninati: Green's Goal In OT For Win

Beninati: Green's Goal In OT For Win
December 12, 2009, 4:50 am
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By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-By-Play

Whenever the Caps and Hurricanes collide you can throw out the records. I know it's cliche but it's true for these division rivals. Carolina is battling through significant injuries and their struggles on the road have been well documented, but they put all that out of their minds to race out to a 2-0 lead at Verizon Center. The red class faithful in the stands were ready to roar their lungs out. Instead goals by Tlusty and Staal, took lively nature of the building down a couple of pegs.

Cam Ward was extremely good in the first period in goal for the visitors. He has a history of playing tough against the Caps and tonight was no different. One man who wishes he could play every game against Ward is Alex Semin. They have met now 16 times in their careers and Alex has 15 goals. His flat footed wrist shot was unleashed with outstanding power. But the really big goal is the one is roofed with .6 seconds to go in the second period. That gave the home team the hope it needed and made the Hurricanes feel uneasy. The crowd was back into it 100 after the earliest "Unleash The Fury" cheer I can ever recall in DC.

When Tomas Fleischmann connected in the third period the turn around was complete but there was still work to be done. This was an uneven game for Mike Green. He put himself and his teammates in hot water on a couple of different occasions. He was on the receiving ends on some crunching hits and he delivered some beauties himself. While he was to blame for Carolina's tying goal, it turned out to be just fine when he drilled the game-winner in overtime. Now the Caps head to Toronto to see a Maple Leaf team who gave them fits back on Nov. 21 at Air Canada Center. Check us out on CSN for some hockey night in Canada.