Carolina Hurricanes

Canes rally in third, but fall in overtime to Capitals 4-3

Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16) watches as the puck bounces off Washington Capitals goalie Justin Peters (35) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington.
Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16) watches as the puck bounces off Washington Capitals goalie Justin Peters (35) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Washington. AP

For the second straight night, the Carolina Hurricanes rallied in the third period, forced overtime and gave themselves a chance to win.

This night, the Canes couldn't finish it off.

Nicklas Backstrom's goal with 14 seconds left in overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory, ending the Canes' four-game win streak.

Early in the overtime, Backstrom had a chance to win it off a rebound but was wide of the net. Caps defenseman John Carlson also had a heavy shot before Backstrom decided it.

The Canes (4-6-3) were coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, rallying in the third and winning on Elias Lindholm's score in the final minute of OT at PNC Arena.

Against the Caps, the Canes trailed 2-1 after being outshot 17-3 in the first period. The Caps led 3-1 in the third before Carolina surged to tie the score on goals by Eric Staal and Lindholm.

"We didn't start very well and we didn't create very much in the first period, obviously," Justin Faulk said. "You can't wait around. You've got to start right away.

"It was good to see the guys kept fighting to get the point. But it's hard to have to fight back to get to overtime."

For much of the game, it appeared it would be a gratifying night for Caps goalie Justin Peters. Drafted by the Hurricanes in 2004, he spent parts of five NHL seasons with Carolina before signing a free-agent contract with the Caps in July.

Peters allowed a power-play goal to Riley Nash late in the first period. But that was all -- until the third period.

Staal scored off a Jeff Skinner pass, pulling the Canes within 3-2. Faulk then unloaded a shot from the point, after a faceoff win by Nash, which was deflected by Lindholm to tie it with 6:07 remaining in regulation.

"Disappointing first period for sure but we bounced back and played better the rest of the way," Canes coach Bill Peters said.

Justin Peters got little work early while the Caps blasted away early at Canes goalie Anton Khudobin, making his first start since Oct. 24.

"It's exciting when you haven't played in a long time and have a chance to play," said Khudobin, who had 35 saves. "I had a lot of energy."

The Canes had generated plenty of shots, played solid enough in the defensive zone and generally have come up big in the face-off circle during the four-game win streak. But the Caps outdid the Canes in those areas Saturday until the third period.

The Caps (6-5-3) also got a few fortunate bounces. The first goal of the game, credited to Troy Brouwer on a power play, came when the puck appeared to bounce off the glove of Canes forward Patrick Dwyer and past Khudobin.

In the second, Eric Fehr made a nice move with the puck around Staal and drove to the net. The puck hit the skate of Canes defenseman Brett Bellemore in front of Khudobin and skidded in for a 3-1 lead.

Dominated most of the opening period by the Caps, Carolina got the power-play goal from Nash, who whipped a shot from the top of the left circle to beat Peters.

"We were lucky to be down one," Faulk said.

Jay Beagle gave the Caps a 2-0 lead with an alert play. Taking a carom off the end boards, he caught Khudobin away from the post and slapped a shot off the goalie and into the net.

Washington fans were roaring at that point, expecting a rout. The Caps, breaking out of an 0-4-1 skid, beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on the road Friday and had plenty of jump.

But Jason Chimera was penalized for holding with 2:24 left in the first. The Canes, 3-for-25 on the power play in their past seven games, got the Nash goal with 49 seconds left in the period and then were able to regroup.

Peters played 68 games for the Canes, and was popular with his teammates. The win was his second with the Caps.

Peters signed with the Caps as the Canes elected to stick with Khudobin and Cam Ward as their top two goalies. He has been the backup to Braden Holtby and was making his fifth appearance of the season, having given up six goals Sunday to the Arizona Coyotes in his last start.

Ward had started the past five games for the Canes, winning four straight for the first time since 2010. Khudobin was making his first start since Oct. 24 in Edmonton.

"He was fine," Bill Peters said. "They had us hemmed in there a couple of times and he made some saves ... And gave us a chance to get our legs underneath us."