Capitals Ruin Slump, Beat Hurricanes 7-1
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Robert Lang scored three goals in a game for the first time ever, Dainius Zubrus scored twice and the Washington Capitals broke out of an offensive slump with a 7-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
Robert Willsie and Alexander Semin also scored for Washington, which had lost 10 of its last 12.
Lang, who also had an assist, extended his team-best point streak to seven games with a wrist shot through the legs of Kevin Weekes 1:24 into the first. Lang added his second of the night to cap a third-period flurry in which the teams combined to score four goals in 1:16.
Zubrus started the third-period spurt when he scored his second goal of the night 3:34 into the period. That goal knocked Weekes out of the game.
Semin followed with a goal 4:15 into the period, which was answered by Carolina’s Ryan Bayda 19 seconds later. Lang ended the scoring spree 16 seconds later, and added his third of the night by knocking in a loose puck in front of the net with 5:16 to play in the game.
Carolina still has just won road win in eight chances this season and never seriously tested Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig, who made 29 saves.
Willsie’s power-play goal for Washington with 2:48 to play in the second period ensured the Capitals of scoring three or more goals for just the fourth time this season.
Notes: The four goals in 1:16 breaks a Washington franchise record for the fastest four goals by two teams in a Capitals’ game. The previous mark of 1:26 happened on Dec. 17, 1974 against Vancouver. ... Erik Cole, who missed Sunday’s game because of a hyperextended right elbow, was welcomed back to the with a high stick to the face from Washington’s Joel Kwiatkowski at 9:12 of the first period. Cole missed about half of the first trying to stop the bleeding, and returned to the rotation late in the period. ... Washington defenseman Steve Eminger returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing the past two games because of a concussion.