Hurricanes, With Goals Early and Late, Pull Even With Capitals

RALEIGH, N.C. — Teuvo Teravainen scored the go-ahead goal with less than 30 seconds left in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, on Thursday night to even their playoff series at two games apiece.

Warren Foegele scored 17 seconds in, giving him three goals in two home games, and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for the Hurricanes. They lost another key forward to injury yet fed off the energy of the largest hockey crowd in PNC Arena history to win their second straight on home ice. The series returns to Washington on Saturday.

All we’ve done,” the Hurricanes’ captain, Justin Williams, said, “is hold serve.”

Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Braden Holtby finished with 22 saves for the defending Stanley Cup-winning Capitals, who had not lost consecutive games in regulation since late January.

And in what has emerged as a theme of the first four games of the best-of-seven series, the road teams have yet to lead.

The Capitals’ best chance to tie the score down the stretch came when Foegele drew a boarding minor with 5 minutes 8 seconds remaining after his hit on T. J. Oshie left the Washington forward doubled over in pain as he skated to the dressing room. Mrazek stopped shots from Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson as the penalty expired.

Oshie, who had been moved to Ovechkin’s line before the game in an attempt to shake things up after a 5-0 loss in Game 3, went hard into the boards after being hit by Foegele.

“It’s an extremely dangerous play,” Capitals Coach Todd Reirden said, adding that Oshie “will not be with our team for a while.”


The Hurricanes also lost a player to injury, as Jordan Martinook appeared to sustain a right knee injury after his heel slammed into the boards while attempting a first-period hit on Dmitry Orlov in the offensive zone.

Martinook briefly returned later in the period but did not play after that. The rookie Andrei Svechnikov was in the concussion protocol after taking a punch from Ovechkin in Game 3, and the bruising forward Micheal Ferland also was out with an upper-body injury.

“‘Next guy up’ has been the memo lately,” Foegele said.

Teravainen put the Hurricanes ahead by 2-1 with 27.9 seconds left in the second. Sebastian Aho passed to Nino Niederreiter, who found Teravainen streaking down the center of the ice and he slipped the puck between Holtby’s pads for his first goal of the series.

That came after Ovechkin tied it at 1-1 with 9:25 remaining in the second and with 8 seconds left on a hooking minor to Teravainen. His one-time blast from the circle off a pass from Orlov got past a stickless Brock McGinn and by Mrazek.

Foegele, who scored the first two goals of Carolina’s Game 3 romp, immediately picked up where he left off and put the Hurricanes ahead, 1-0, with the quickest goal they have ever scored in a playoff game. Carolina caught the Capitals with an early two-man breakaway, and Jaccob Slavin passed to Foegele, who scored into an open net.

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