Final

Series (Game 1 of 8)

Carolina leads 5-3

Game 1: Wednesday, October 12th
Capitals2Final
Hurricanes7
Game 2: Saturday, October 22nd
Hurricanes4Final
Capitals0
Game 3: Saturday, January 21st
Hurricanes2Final
Capitals5
Game 4: Saturday, March 25th
Capitals3Final
Hurricanes1
Game 5: Wednesday, March 29th
Capitals5Final
Hurricanes1
Game 6: Monday, April 3rd
Capitals5Final
OT
Hurricanes6
Game 7: Wednesday, April 5th
Hurricanes4Final
SO
Capitals3
Game 8: Friday, April 7th
Hurricanes4Final
Capitals3

Capitals 2

(2-3-0, 4 pts)

Hurricanes 7

(2-2-0, 4 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 12, 2005

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 1 02
CAR 0 3 47

B. Hedican (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

E. Staal (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Washington (2-2-0) at Carolina (1-2-0) 7:00 pm EDT

Washington (2-2-0) at Carolina (1-2-0), 7:00 pm EDT

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- In four games this season, the Washington Capitals have shown a knack for winning close games and losing in blowouts.

The Capitals look for their third victory in five contests when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Rookie Alexander Ovechkin, the top pick in 2004, scored his third goal of the season and Steve Eminger and Petr Sykora added the first goals of their careers Monday to lead the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Washington has won a pair of 3-2 games but has been outscored 15-4 in a pair of losses to Atlanta. The Capitals have given up 19 goals this season, one fewer than league-leader Calgary.

By comparison, Carolina has scored just seven times in three games, one more than Nashville and Columbus for the league's lowest total. The Hurricanes have failed to convert on all 15 power-play opportunities.

Eric Staal, who scored twice for the Hurricanes in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, is in a seven-way tie for second in the league with four goals and trails Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson by one.

The 20-year-old Staal has scored in all three games and can set the second-highest streak to start a season in franchise history. Kevin Dineen opened the 1990-1991 campaign by scoring in his first five games with the Hartford Whalers.

Washington had a 4-1-1 record against Carolina in 2003-2004.

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