The Washington Capitals finished off a month's worth of role reversal Thursday night, winning their sixth straight and extending the Carolina Hurricanes' losing streak to seven with a 3-1 victory.
Troy Brouwer and Mike Green scored second-period goals, Brouwer added an empty-netter and Braden Holtby made 43 saves for the Southeast Division leaders almost one month to the day after their playoff hopes appeared buried following a shutout loss to the then-surging Hurricanes.
Jeff Skinner scored in the first period, and Justin Peters had 28 stops for the Hurricanes, who now trail the Capitals by 12 points - an incredible 22-point swing from March 12, when Carolina beat Washington 4-0 at the Verizon Center.
It's almost impossible to exaggerate the turnaround. The 4-0 loss was Washington's third straight - all by a three-goal margin or greater - and Nicklas Backstrom said the effort wasn't good enough, calling the team's play ''embarrassing.'' Carolina's Joe Corvo said the Capitals app...