In what is technically Washington's first time facing the Carolina Hurricanes since falling in seven games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Capitals smothered the Canes 10-3 at the first game of the 2019 Prospects Showcase hosted just outside Nashville, Tenn.
For the four-team round-robin tournament that includes the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals brought 18 prospects (tied with Nashville for most). The Hurricanes brought the fewest prospects - only nine.
Ilya Samsonov helped quash Carolina's efforts, stopping 37 of 40 shots faced. However, nothing could stop the Capitals incessant scoring.
Brian Pinho put Washington on board and ended the day with three points (two goals and an assist). Joe Snively and Bobby Nardella also tallied three points (each with a goal and two assists). Martin Fehérváry notched two goals, Conor McMichael scored two assists, and Shane Gersich put up the ninth goal and final assist. Recording one point each lands Beck Malenstyn (goal), Garret Pilon (goal), and Alex Alexeyev, Aliaksei Protas, and Kody Clark with a single assist each.
Through two innings, Samsonov halted 20 of 21. Shortly thereafter, Riley Sutter left the game due to injury. He collapsed in pain and skated off the ice under his own power. Hershey head coach Spenser Carbery told Mike Vogel that "all indicators are that it's not great, but I'm not sure the extent of it."
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