They’ve changed divisions but one thing about the Carolina Hurricanes’ games against the Washington Capitals has not changed: they’re still gritty rough matchups.
The two old Southeast Division rivals now members of the NHL’s new Metropolitan Division went at it Thursday at the Verizon Center. Once again there were hard checks hard shoves some elbows thrown fierce board battles and hard stares and glares.
The Hurricanes emerged with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at the Verizon Center getting the winning goal from Nathan Gerbe almost seven minutes into the third period and and strong determined game in net from goaltender Anton Khudobin.
The Hurricanes used second-period goals from rookie Elias Lindholm and Alexander Semin to force a 2-2 tie after two. When Gerbe struck in the third the Canes (2-1-1) had their first lead 3-2.
Gerbe again was relentless around the net fighting past fallen defenseman John Erskine to knock the puck past Caps goalie Braden Holtby. It was Gerbe’s third of...