Sunday's matinee against the
Washington's 50 points tie it with the
"We didn't have our best game today," said Vokoun, who recorded a season high in saves in his ninth straight start, which tied his longest stretch this year. "I feel like they were a little more hungrier, but saying that, we play good enough and we battle hard, we get the two points. That's the most important part."
For roughly 30 minutes the Capitals skated sleepily through the game, and it was Carolina, which defeated the
Early in the second it appeared as though the stalemate had been broken.
Referee Kyle Rehman initially called it a goal, but the players were told he was overruled by the other three officials on the ice.
"If that's the case, I don't know why there needs to be a review of the goal," Laich said. "There's good breaks and bad breaks, you live life and move on."
While the Capitals continued to trudge through the contest, there were a few individual exceptions — notably Vokoun and
On a rush created by a Carolina turnover,
It was a tally that seemed a long time coming for Semin, who had hit the post three times in his previous three periods of play, and it snapped a four-game goal scoring drought for the winger. With 16.3 seconds remaining, however,
The start of the third brought the biggest push from the Capitals, and it didn't take long for them to regain the lead. Orlov helped lead the rush up ice, and as a shot by
It marked the 20-year-old's first NHL goal, and given that it took until his 25th game, Orlov was beaming when the milestone finally arrived.