Instant Analysis: Canes 4, Capitals 0

Instant Analysis: Canes 4, Capitals 0
March 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 4-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at Verizon Center.

How it happened: Former Capitals defenseman Joe Corvo got things started in a weird way when he banked a shot from the goal line off the back of Braden Holtby’s head and into the net for a 1-0 lead just 3:55 into the game. A pair of even-strength goals by Riley Nash put the game out of reach, the first on a deflection and the second off a nice play by Patrick Dwyer, who beat rookie defenseman Cameron Schilling behind the net. Dwyer finished it off with a shorthanded empty netter with 1:21 remaining.

What it means: The Caps [10-14-1] have lost three in a row for the first time since early February and have fallen 10 points behind the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes [15-9-1], their largest deficit of the season.

Hello, Alex Semin: Late in the first period former Capital Alex Semin took a stick to the face on an Alex Ovechkin follow-through, got up, and later on the same shift took another stick to the face, this time from Braden Holtby, who clipped him on the chin as he skated by. Holtby drew blood, but not a penalty.

Hit of the night: Carolina right wing Tim Wallace threw all of his 6-foot-1, 207 pounds into rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek in the second period and took a stiff shoulder from Alex Ovechkin in return.

Miss of the night: Marcus Johansson had a bunch of them. He worked three great give-and-goes with Alex Ovechkin, but swung and missed from the side of the net on one of them and got stoned by Justin Peters when he tried going 5-hole on another.

Save of the night: Justin Peters was brilliant on a breakaway by Troy Brouwer with 8:45 remaining in the second period and the Canes leading 2-0. Peters finished with 26 saves for his second NHL shutout. His only other shutout came against the Caps on Feb. 20, 2012.

What’s next: The Caps can gain back the two points they lost when they visit the Hurricanes Thursday night in Raleigh. They’re scheduled to practice at Kettler Wednesday at 11 a.m., then head to Raleigh for the start of a two-game road trip that continues in Boston on Saturday. They return to Verizon Center on Sunday night for the Buffalo Sabres.