Posted March 13, 2013 on AP on Fox
After dominating the slumping Washington Capitals in the opener of this home-and-home set, the Carolina Hurricanes have a chance to make another big statement Thursday night. The first-place Hurricanes try to hand the visiting Capitals a season-worst fourth consecutive regulation loss as these Southeast Division rivals square off again. Carolina (15-9-1) has outscored opponents 29-15 during a 6-1-0 stretch and kept things going Tuesday with a 4-0 victory in the nation's capital. Riley Nash scored twice, Patrick Dwyer added a goal and an assist and Justin Peters turned away 26 shots to post his second career shutout versus Washington (10-14-1). "You can't take anything for granted," coach Kirk Muller told the Hurricanes' official website. "That was one of our strongest 60-minute performances this year, and in a big game, that's great. We've done a really good job staying focused." Carolina, which outshot the Capitals 36-26, has outscored th...

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Riley Nash scored twice, Joe Corvo put one in off the goaltender's mask, and Justin Peters got his second career shutout Tuesday night as the surging Carolina Hurricanes beat the slumping Washington Capitals 4-0, taking the first leg of a key home-and-home series between the Southeast Division rivals. Patrick Dwyer added an empty-net goal, and Peters made...

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