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Russian duo sinks Canes in DC

After the Hurricanes swept the home-and-home series against the Leafs, they returned to intra-division play on Thursday with a game at Washington.  Carolina played well enough to win for 57 minutes, but lost it in the end.

The upside for Carolina is that they very nearly put together their first 60-minute effort of the season.  They’ve played well for a period or two at a time, but have yet to look good for an entire game, despite their seven wins.  The downside is that the effort was for naught, as they let a win, then a guaranteed point slip away in the closing moments. 

Alexander Semin had the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third period at 17:17 and 19:49 respectively.  Alexander Ovechkin assisted on all three Capitals goals.

Tuomo Ruutu extended his scoring streak by notching his fifth goal of the season in the second period.  He has scored a goal in three straight games, and has a scoring point in five straight.  He has now put up nine (5/4) points in ten games played and seems to be flourishing on the line with Chad LaRose and Dwight Helminen. 

On Semin’s game-winner, Rod Brind’Amour appeared to have been clipped by Semin’s stick on his follow-through motion after the shot.  He immediately went to the dressing room for what was hopefully nothing more than a few stitches.

In three minutes, everything changed about the game.  Carolina will have to swallow the frustrating loss and quickly move on.  They’ll be back in action on Friday night at home against the Senators.  Following that, they will play four straight division games. 

The RBH three stars were the same as the “official” ones:
THIRD STAR Brent Johnson, WAS—32 saves
SECOND STAR Alexander Ovechkin, WAS—3 assists
FIRST STAR Alexander Semin, WAS—2 goals, GWG

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.