Final

Series (Game 5 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
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Capitals5
Game 4: Saturday, March 25th
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Hurricanes1
Game 5: Wednesday, March 29th
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Hurricanes1
Game 6: Monday, April 3rd
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OT
Hurricanes6
Game 7: Wednesday, April 5th
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SO
Capitals3
Game 8: Friday, April 7th
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Capitals3

Capitals 5

(24-38-9, 57 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(47-19-6, 100 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 29, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
WSH 2 2 15
CAR 0 1 01

B. Johnson (Capitals - G): Saves: 49, Save Pct.: .980

A. Ovechkin (Capitals - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Bradley (Capitals - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Washington (23-38-9) at Carolina (47-18-6) 7:00 pm EST

Washington (23-38-9) at Carolina (47-18-6) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Two days after taking care of one goal, the Carolina Hurricanes look to accomplish another feat Wednesday when they host the Washington Capitals.

Carolina, which has won 14 of its last 16 home games, can clinch the Southeast Division title with a victory Wednesday.

The Hurricanes just locked up a playoff berth with their 2-1 triumph over Tampa Bay on Monday. Mark Recchi scored his first goal with Carolina and Cory Stillman also tallied. Martin Gerber made 23 saves, including a sensational stop on Ruslan Fedotenko in the waning seconds to seal the Hurricanes' second win in three games.

The only loss in that mini-stretch was a 3-1 setback to Washington on Saturday in which rookie Alexander Ovechkin collected a goal and an assist and Matt Pettinger and Dainius Zubrus also tallied.

Olaf Kolzig turned aside 33 shots for the Capitals, who have won two straight meetings with the Hurricanes since dropping the first two matchups of the season series.

Washington, which had lost eight games prior to its victory vs. Carolina, has not won two straight contests since March 6-8.

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