Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Sunday, September 16th
Capitals3Final
OT
Hurricanes4
Game 2: Tuesday, September 25th
Hurricanes2Final
OT
Capitals3

Capitals 3

(0-0-1, 1 pts)

Hurricanes 4

(1-0-0, 2 pts)

3:00 PM ET, September 16, 2007

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 OT T
WSH 1 1 1 03
CAR 0 1 2 14

Top Skaters

Hurricanes 4, Capitals 3

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Erik Cole scored with 47.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday in the preseason opener for both teams.

Cole's second goal of the game came with the Hurricanes holding a two-man advantage. Eric Staal's shot from the slot tipped off Cole's stick and sailed past goalie Michal Neuvirth.

Justin Williams and Noah Babin also scored for Carolina.

Ben Clymer, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom had goals for the Capitals, who played without the top line of Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Michael Nylander.

Carolina dressed more of its top players than Washington, although captain Hurricanes Rod Brind'Amour wasn't in the lineup.

Washington appeared to be in control after Brent Johnson stopped 12 shots through two periods to help the Capitals to a 2-0 lead. But Babin and Cole scored 52 seconds apart against Neuvirth to get the Hurricanes even early in the third period.

Clymer poked a rebound past Carolina goalie Michael Leighton to give the Capitals a 3-2 edge with 2:03 remaining. But Williams sent the game to overtime when he converted a pass from Ryan Bayda with a minute left in regulation.

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