Tomas Fleischmann's 22nd goal of the season, with assists by Stephen Weiss and Wojtek Wolski, gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 3:22 of the second period. Marcel Goc, assisted by Tomas Kopecky and Jason Garrison, scored into an empty net with 1:32 left to play.
The Panthers maintained a one-point edge over Washington in the Southeast Division. The Capitals beat Toronto 2-0 Sunday.
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed one goal on 32 shots to take the loss.