Milan Michalek

'Canes goalie thwarts Caps

The defense did everything for the Carolina Hurricanes last night, from scoring to shutting down the Washington Capitals' potent offense.

Cam Ward made 31 saves, and Rod Brind'Amour and defensemen Joni Pitkanen, Anton Babchuk and Joe Corvo scored goals in Carolina's 4-1 victory over Washington in Raleigh, N.C.

Carolina extended its home winning streak to eight games, the Hurricanes' longest home streak since their Stanley Cup championship season in 2005-06. Carolina beat the Southeast Division-leading Capitals for the third time this season.

"The fans have created a tremendous atmosphere here, and we've been able to rally behind them," Ward said.