NHL: Washington 5, Carolina 2

Nov. 24, 2007 at 10:43 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin scored twice Saturday night to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2.

Ovechkin scored his 15th goal of the season on the power play in the first period and added his 16th late in the third, when Carolina came within 3-2.

Mike Green (power play), Michael Nylander (power play) and Boyd Gordon (empty net) also scored once.

Both Nylander and Nicklas Backstrom added two assists, while goaltender Olaf Kolzig stopped 35-of-37 shots, as the Capitals won their second straight game under new coach Bruce Boudreau following a five-game losing streak before the firing of Glen Hanlon Thursday.

Carolina's goals were scored by Erik Cole in the second and Ray Whitney in the third.

Goalie John Grahame was beaten four times on 33 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost four of six.

In man-advantage situations, Washington went 3-for-4 and Carolina went 0-for-3.

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