Washington beats Carolina for second straight night, 5-2

WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist, Michael Nylander added two goals, and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in a pre-season game Thursday night.

This was the second straight night the two Southeast Division rivals met. The Capitals scored a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.

Nylander is returning after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury. He scored Washington’s first goal after the Capitals fell behind 2-0, then put the Capitals in front for good on a back-hander 2:20 into the third period.

“The other team worked really hard,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We stayed the course and eventually played a little better as the game went on.”

Chris Bourque added an insurance goal at 6:08 of the period to give Washington a 4-2 lead.

Ovechkin scored on a second-period penalty shot and got the game’s final goal in the third period. The Capitals scored three third-period goals.

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Carolina pressured the Capitals throughout the first period and took the two-goal lead on a pair of extra-man goals.

Dan LaCouture gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead by scoring off a rebound 4:49 into the game. Carolina got a second extra-man goal later in the period when Ryan Bayda scored with 8:57 left.

But Washington cut the lead to 2-1 when Nylander tapped in a rebound for a power-play goal 6:06 into the second period.

Ovechkin then tied it on a penalty shot with 5:08 left in the period, setting up the three-goal third period.

Notes: The Capitals will raise their Southeast Division championship banner at the home opener on Oct. 11 versus Chicago … Washington’s Chris Clark added two assists … Carolina has four more exhibition games left.