Carolina's Jiri Tlusty scored three goals early. The Washington Capitals scored even more late.
Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist, and the Capitals rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 Tuesday night despite giving up a hat trick to Tlusty.
Mike Green scored two goals, Joel Ward added a goal, Nicklas Backstrom matched a career high with four assists and Braden Holtby made 31 saves.
Washington trailed 2-0 early -- Tlusty alone outscored the Capitals 3-2 before the second period was two minutes old -- but needed just 11 shots over the first two periods to score all five goals.
''When you play with confidence, every chance, whether you're going to score or not, is going to be a hard time for them,'' Ovechkin said.
In leapfrogging Carolina for second place in the Southeast Division, the Capitals won their seventh in 11 games and won for the first time since 2007 when allowing a hat trick to an opposing player, according to STATS LLC.