Caps beat Hurricanes in overtime, 4-3
- Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen (36), of Finland, battles for the puck against Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Green scored a power-play goal 2:24 into overtime Saturday night and the Washington Capitals won their 10th straight home opener, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
Green's drive from the top of the right circle trickled between goaltender Brian Boucher's legs for the Capitals, who haven't lost their first regular season game at home since Oct. 6, 2000, against the Los Angeles Kings.
Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera scored second-period goals for the Capitals, and Brooks Laich tallied in the third period.
Michal Neuvirth had 28 saves for Washington as the surprise starter over veteran free agent signing Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun is expected to be the No. 1 goalie this season, but Neuvirth entered training camp determined to fight for the job and had the better preseason. Vokoun will start Monday against Tampa Bay.
Eric Staal had a pair of power-play goals for Carolina, and Jussi Jokinen sent the game to overtime with a late goal.
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