Washington extended its lead to 4-1 through two periods here in Raleigh. After being outshot 18-8 in the first, the Caps turned up their own offensive pressure (and did a better job of getting it out of their own end) and outshot the ‘Canes 12-5.
Joni Pitkanen cut the lead to 2-1 with a 5-on-3 goal from the left point just 16 seconds after Quintin Laing joined Eric Fehr in the box. Mathieu Perreault tipped in a loose puck to make it 3-1. Milan Jurcina’s shot from the right circle hit the inside of the right post and came to rest behind new Carolina goalie Justin Peters. Fehr clogged things up in front of Peters and Perreault scooted around the mess to punch in the puck with one hand on his stick. Tomas Fleischmann added his second tally of the evening with a rebound off a Viktor Kozlov shot on the power play.
*Daren Machesney replaced Simeon Varlamov, and had a little trouble handling the puck. He fanned on a clearing attempt inside the right circle, and then covered up the puck to prevent a possible empty-net situation. He may have prevented a goal, but that’s also a penalty.
*Perreault and Fehr were buzzing around a good bit
*Fleischmann fanned on a couple of one-timers from Nylander, but pounced on the rebound from Kozlov. He’s certainly having a productive first night.
*We’re 40 minutes in, and no big mistakes (or small ones that I’ve seen) from Karl Alzner. He’s logging plenty of minutes and certainly doesn’t look out of place.