Final

Series (Game 4 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 3

(23-38-9, 55 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(46-18-6, 98 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 25, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 1 13
CAR 0 0 11

O. Kolzig (Capitals - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: .971

A. Ovechkin (Capitals - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Washington (22-38-9) at Carolina (46-17-6) 7:00 pm EST

Washington (22-38-9) at Carolina (46-17-6) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- After playing nine of their last 10 games on the road, the Carolina Hurricanes begin their final push toward first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes begin a four-game homestand Saturday when they meet the Washington Capitals in the first of five encounters in 14 days.

Closing in on the Southeast Division crown and a 100-point season, Carolina has lost two of its last three games and trails Ottawa by four points for the top spot in the East with 13 games left.

Justin Williams scored his 25th goal and Cory Stillman added his 18th for the Hurricanes, who ended a four-game road swing with Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Looking to avoid its first nine-game losing streak in 24 years, Washington has dropped its last five road contests and has won a league-low seven games in 31 outings away from home.

Rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin had two goals and an assist for the Capitals in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ovechkin has 46 goals - four behind Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers for the league lead - and tops all rookies with 89 points. Only three rookies have scored 50 goals, including Teemu Selanne, who had a league record 76 in 1992-1993.

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