Orlov, Vokoun lead Washington to 2-1 win over 'CanesPosted on January 16, 2012
Washington regained the top spot in the Southeast Division Sunday night with a 2-1 regulation win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center. The win was the ninth in the last 10 home games for the Capitals, and have still not trailed in a game along F Street since December 13. After a scoreless first, Alexander Semin finally broke through for Washington with his 11th goal of the season, with Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin assisting at 16:57. But Carolina would score the equalizer via the power play just before second intermission, when Jussi Jokinen potted his fifth of the campaign on a rebound at 19:43. The first NHL goal for Dmitry Orlov came in the third period at the 1:12 mark, with Orlov also netting the game-winning goal early in the third period at the same time as it turned out. Tomas Vokoun did the rest with a 43-save performance to earn a 2-1 regulation win over the Hurricanes and a share of first place in the Southeast Division standings. The Capitals conclude a four-game homestand Tuesday night against the New York Islanders at 7:00 p.m. Following the game, Washington heads to Montreal to play the Canadiens for the first time in 2011-12 on Wednesday night at Bell Centre. The game in Quebec begins a three-game road trip for Dale Hunter's team. Mathieu Perreault, John Erskine and Jeff Schultz were healthy scratches.