Instant Analysis: Canes 3, Caps 2

Instant Analysis: Canes 3, Caps 2
October 10, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Capitals lose to Hurricanes at home

Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at Verizon Center.

How it happened: Nathan Gerbe took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Caps 6:59 into the third period, scoring his third goal of the season and breaking a 2-2 tie. Braden Holtby stopped a long shot by Justin Faulk and the rebound came out to John Carlson, who tried shoveling the puck to defense partner John Erskine. Instead, the puck bounced perilously in front of Holtby and Gerbe potted the game-winner.

Who scored: For the Capitals, Jason Chimera and Alex Ovechkin. For the Canes, rookie Elias Lindholm, Alex Semin and Gerbe.

Ovi on fire: Alex Ovechkin’s second-period goal came on a deflection, which is noteworthy in itself. It also marked the first time in his nine-year career that he has scored goals in each of his first four games. For those counting he’s on a 103-goal pace.

Worth noting: Caps center Michael Latta said before the game that he wanted to play good defense, defend his teammates and draw penalties in his Verizon  Center debut. He did all of that, drawing a slashing penalty on Nathan Gerbe in the first period and a tripping penalty to Eric Staal in the second.

Look ahead: The Caps will practice Friday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 11 a.m. They will face the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at home. It could mark goaltender Semyon Varlamov’s first game in Washington since being traded to Colorado on July 1, 2011 in exchange for the Avs’ top pick in the 2012 draft [Filip Forsberg, 11th overall].