The Washington Capitals should be glad to get back to the MCI Center, even if it’s only for one game.
Washington, which has been thoroughly outplayed in going winless on the road, hosts the Carolina Hurricanes before beginning a four-game trip.
Olaf Kolzig did his best to keep his team in the game, but the Capitals fell to 0-3 away from home with a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Washington has been outscored 18-5 on the road.
Kolzig made 46 saves, but Washington allowed a pair of power-play goals to a unit that entered the game ranked 29th in the NHL.
“Ollie gave us an opportunity to win a game as he always does,” Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. “But at the end of the night we didn’t deserve to win the hockey game.”
Rookie Alexander Ovechkin scored both goals for Washington, giving the top pick in the 2004 draft a point in each of Washington’s eight games—the longest scoring streak in the league.
“We’re lucky to have him,” Hanlon said. “He’s an incredible person. He’s had a great start to his season and it continues for him.”
Washington, which is 3-2 at the MCI Center, begins its trip Wednesday with a matchup against the Buffalo Sabres.
The Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period on goals by Erik Cole and Cory Stillman, but allowed the game-winner with just 16 seconds left in overtime after Eric Staal received a penalty for high-sticking.
“That’s a tough call,” Staal said. “I didn’t feel much coming around the corner but that’s the call he made.”