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WASHINGTON (AP) — After four days off — three without practice — the Washington Capitals shook off some expected rust Thursday night in one of their most balanced performances of the season.T.J. Oshie scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play Curtis McKenzie Jersey Womens , John Carlson had an empty-netter, and Chandler Stephenson scored at even strength in the Capitals’ 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.“It’s a little bit of everything for sure,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said of the Metropolitan Division leaders’ third straight victory, and 15th in 18 games. “It’s important to find different ways to score and not be one dimensional.”Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots in front of a penalty kill that shut down all four Hurricanes power plays, the last coming on a high-sticking minor on Michal Kempny with 3:46 remaining.Washington’s only sour spot came midway through the third period, when Matt Niskanen slammed face-first into the boards after tangling with Carolina’s Justin Williams and Clark Bishop.Niskanen exited under his own power but did not return, and no boarding penalty was awarded. Less than a minute later, Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes to cut it to 2-1.Carolina was without a power-play goal for a fifth consecutive game (18 total chances) and took its third loss in four games.“We got going, that’s all,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said of the third period. “We started to play Nick Holden Jersey Womens , and we got one and we got back in the game. And then nothing on the power play at the end. That’s definitely been the Achilles heel all year.”Petr Mrazek made 30 stops for Carolina, which was outshot 33-29 after entering Thursday averaging a league-best plus-9.6 shot differential.Washington went ahead on the first shot of the second. Pressure from Travis Boyd and Devante Smith-Pelly forced a turnover in Carolina’s defensive end about 3 1/2 minutes in, and Stephenson was first to the puck. He put a shot into the top-right corner to beat Mrazek’s glove for his second goal in three games.Oshie made it 2-0 with 1:44 left in the period on Washington’s fourth power play, finding space in front of Mrazek to redirect Carlson’s shot from the top of the zone. It was the Capitals’ first goal on the man advantage in five games.“When you can’t find a way to score when you have that much level of talent on a unit, you sometimes have to simplify things,” Oshie said. “John made a great play. Shot to an area where I could tip. You just try to get a stick on it.”Aho scored when he pounced on a rebound following Holtby’s save of Micheal Ferland’s breakaway.Holtby and his defense absorbed Carolina’s late pressure in the final minutes before Carlson sealed it from his own end with 50 seconds remaining after Nicklas Backstrom’s faceoff win.“I think there was parts of the game where you just need to survive and get through,” Carlson said.NOTES: Rierden said after the game he had yet to speak with his athletic training staff about Niskanen and could not provide an update. … Carlson added his 31st assist. … Capitals D Brooks Orpik missed his 26th game (knee) despite participating in Thursday’s morning skate. … Hurricanes D Haydn Fleury (concussion) missed a sixth consecutive game despite also participating in the morning skate.UP NEXTHurricanes: Wrap a two-game trip Saturday at New Jersey.Capitals: Visit Ottawa on Saturday. The San Jose Sharks haven’t gotten off to a good start on their latest homestand and will next face a team that’s been playing with confidence and has a chance to make history.San Jose looks to avoid its third straight loss at SAP Center on Saturday night when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers for the last time in 2018-19.Coach Peter DeBoer noted that the Sharks didn’t have a lot of jump in the first of four straight on home ice during Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. He saw some improvement — but not enough — in a 4-1 setback to the Columbus Blue Jackets.Article continues below ...“We’re just doing enough to hope to win,” DeBoer said Thursday. “You’re not going to win many games in this league scoring one goal.”Logan Couture outlined what went wrong for San Jose (6-4-3).“We didn’t pass well, we didn’t play hard enough,” the Sharks center told the team’s official website. “We didn’t spend enough time in their end Paul Stastny Jersey Womens , we didn’t forecheck, we turned too many pucks over. When you go down the list, we did a lot of things wrong tonight and got what we deserved.”One positive was that Couture extended his points streak to eight games with an assist, giving him five goals with eight helpers during his run. He’s also posted two goals and two assists in a three-game streak versus the Flyers.Philadelphia (6-7-0) started its annual visit in the Golden State with a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday followed by a 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.It marked the first time the Flyers have won back-to-back games this season — and put coach Dave Hakstol’s club in position for the first road sweep of California teams in franchise history, according to STATS LLC.“We’ve played pretty good hockey at different times. We haven’t been consistent enough. What we’ve been able to do the last two nights is put consistent play together for 60 minutes,” Hakstol said Thursday.Philadelphia was handed its worst loss of the season when it faced San Jose on Oct. 9. Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane each scored twice to power the Sharks in an 8-2 rout.In nine games since then, Kane has managed only six assists. Pavelski, meanwhile, has two goals and two assists in a three-game points streak at home versus Philadelphia.That game also marked the most goals allowed in one game by the Flyers’ Brian Elliott (4-5-0, 3.10 goals-against average). The 12-year veteran has surrendered two goals in each of his last three starts on the road and says teamwork is the key to the club’s West Coast success so far.“We’re just playing as a group of five on the ice. We always say the cliches Max Pacioretty Jersey Womens , but that’s what it is. It’s everybody working hard for each other,” said Elliott, who is 4-3-1 with a 2.55 GAA and one shutout over eight career games in San Jose.After getting the night off against Columbus, Martin Jones (5-3-1, 2.66 GAA) is expected start for the Sharks. He’s 2-1-1 at SAP Center this season, stopping 92 of 101 shots.One player to watch for Philadelphia is winger Wayne Simmonds. The 11-year veteran registered his second career hat trick in the Flyers’ 5-3 win on Oct. 4, 2017, in San Jose.Simmonds scored his team-high seventh goal in the victory over Los Angeles.
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