WASHINGTON -- Jeff Skinner has a pair of goals and an assist, and Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty also have scored as the Canes have taken a 4-0 lead after two periods.
Skinner scored in the first as the Canes led 1-0. His second goal, on a hard wrister from the left wing, gave the Canes a 2-0 lead at 11:18 of the second. Sekera and Tlusty then scored 53 seconds apart to make it 4-0.
Sekera scored a power-play goal with a shot from the point. Tlusty then scored his first goal in 11 games, backhanding a shot past Caps goalie Braden Holtby.
Skinner scored at 10:20 of the first, taking a pass from Eric Staal from behind the net and beating Holtby on the short side. Holtby did not completely seal his left post and Skinner's shot from a tight angle went off Holtby's skate.
Staal also assisted on Sekera's goal.
Skinner had another good scoring chance on the Canes' one power play in the first. Skinner tried to lift a rebound from the front of the crease but Holtby made the stop.
Justin Peters, starting in net for the Canes, made some nice stops in the first. He git his paddle on a Jason Chimera shot in the first four minutes, then denied Marcus Johansson from the slot late in the period and made a stop on an Alex Ovechkin shot later in the period.
Canes forward Drayson Bowman was called for hooking with 25.2 seconds left in the first, giving the Caps their first power play of the game, but the Canes killed it off.
Sekera missed the past two games with an upper-body injury.