- The Washington Times - Friday, September 26, 2008

Michael Nylander and Alex Ovechkin scored twice, and Chris Bourque had a part in four goals to help the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night in their home preseason debut.

Nylander’s first goal came two seconds after a five-on-three had expired. He collected the rebound from Ovechkin’s slap shot and shoveled it into an open net.

Ovechkin, who also spent the night marooning as one of the team’s go-to penalty-killers, made it 2-2 after he was awarded a penalty shot. Bourque’s pass set him up on a rush from the opposite blue line in which he split the defensemen but was pulled down after passing them. He is 0-for-3 on penalty shots in the regular season.

The Caps forged ahead after Bourque lifted a Carolina defender’s stick, and Chris Clark picked up the loose puck to feed Nylander for his second of the night early in the third period. Bourque completed his big night by flipping home a rebound for a 4-2 lead, and Ovechkin added his second on a one-timer from Mike Green.

“I’m just trying to do little things like that,” Bourque said. “Whether it is lifting a stick or making a pass to Alex [Ovechkin] - that’s never a bad play. That’s probably the best thing you can do.”

The Hurricanes scored a pair of extra-man goals in the first period, but goaltender Michal Neuvirth stopped 24 of 26 shots in 40 minutes of action. His replacement, Daren Machesney, didn’t see much action in the final period but turned away three shots.

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