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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Ribeiro scored a goal with 2:16 remaining to complete a comeback for the Washington Capitals in a 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at PNC Arena.

Ribeiro's 10th goal of the season was reviewed because it wasn't clear at first whether the puck crossed the goal line.

The Capitals snapped their third three-game game losing streak of the season, avoiding their worst stretch of the season. They did so by breaking out of a scoring slump after facing a two-goal deficit.

Joey Crabb and Alex Ovechkin scored earlier for Washington, which trailed 2-1 entering the third period. Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped 36 shots.

The Hurricanes, who had won six of their previous eight games, lost for the first time this season when leading after two periods. They had been 11-0-0.

Alexander Semin and Patrick Dwyer scored for the Hurricanes.

The winning play developed when Carolina goalie Dan Ellis couldn't pull the puck back from behind him before it was ruled to have crossed the line.

Crabb's goal, which came with 14:04 remaining in the second period, stopped a Capitals' string of 10 consecutive goals against, a streak that included parts of three games -- including a shutout loss two nights earlier to Carolina.

Ovechkin's 10th goal of the season came on a power play just 61 seconds into the third period, taking a shot into an open lane to the net before Ellis could recover.

That gave Ovechkin his 700th career point in his eighth NHL season. He's the third player in franchise history to reach that milestone.

Semin, left alone in front of Neuvirth, scored against his former team 74 seconds into the game. Semin has scored in four of the last six games.

Dwyer redirected a delivery from defenseman Tim Gleason and turned it into his sixth goal of the season. Dwyer has goals in back-to-back games for the second time this season.

Crabb crushed Carolina defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti with less than 14 minutes left in the third period. Crabb went to the penalty box for boarding, and Sanguinetti didn't return.

NOTES: Justin Peters, who two nights earlier shut out the Capitals in Washington, was Carolina's backup goalie. ... Right wing Kevin Westgarth sat out for the third game in a row as the Hurricanes didn't use one of their enforcers. ... One game after skating nearly 12 minutes in his NHL debut, Washington defenseman Cameron Schilling was a healthy scratch. ... In a trade Thursday that might have more immediate impact on the minor-league level, the Capitals obtained forward Nicolas Dechamps from Toronto in return for defenseman Kevin Marshall, who had been playing for the clubs American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa. ... The Hurricanes announced they've agreed to contract terms with Keegan Lowe, a third-round draftee in 2011. Lowe will remain with his junior team (Edmonton Oil Kings) at this point. ... Thursday night began a stretch of six road games across seven games for Washington.
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