Eric Staal had a goal and three assists, and Erik Cole added a
goal and two assists for defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina,
which ended the preseason at 1-4-0. Ben Clymer and Jamie Heward
each scored early in the third period as Washington came back from
a 2-0, first-period deficit, but fell to 3-2-1 in its final
Whitney's second goal came with 7:07 gone in the final period
when he knocked the rebound of Staal's shot past Washington
goaltender Olaf Kolzig. Staal made it 4-2 just more than 6 minutes
later on another second-effort shot.
Cam Ward made 30 saves for Carolina, which begins the regular
season Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres in a rematch of last
season's Eastern Conference finals. Washington opens Thursday at
the New York Rangers.
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