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“It’s going to be tough to catch up to teams if you fall too far behind,” center Nicklas Backstrom said. “We have to make sure to we look ourselves in the mirror and do a better job. This is not good enough, that’s for sure.”

The Capitals went 0 for 5 with the extra man after converting six of 12 power-play opportunities during their first three games.

Chimera gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season at 5:33 of the opening period. Eric Fehr dumped the puck into the Carolina zone, Khudobin knocked it to the left circle and Chimera fired it back between the goaltender’s legs.

Lindholm tied it at 12:58 of the second period with a shot that glanced off the stick of Washington defenseman John Carlson. Less than a minute later, Ovechkin put Washington back in front by deflecting a shot by Steve Olesky into the net.

Semin’s first goal of the season, a blast from the top of the left circle with Carolina on the power play, made it 2-all.