RALEIGH, N.C. — To say the Hurricanes played with a bit of a patchwork lineup Monday against the Capitals would be accurate.
To say it didn't matter also would be accurate.
Carolina frustrated and beat Washington all over, rolling to a 5-0 victory as captain Eric Staal had two goals and an assist and Justin Peters earned his first NHL shutout with 17 saves to start a six-game homestand.
"That's a nice way to start," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "I think our guys were aware of how big tonight's game was and (against) a team we're trying to catch."
Peters started in place of the injured Cam Ward. Forwards Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman, who have spent most of the season in Charlotte, played for Carolina and Derek Joslin, usually a defenseman, was a fourth-line forward.
Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun allowed two goals on seven shots before he was pulled. Washington lost a chance to tie Florida for the Southeast Division lead at 65 points.
KUBINA ARRIVES: Pavel Kubina, who was traded from the Lightning to the Flyers last week and talked on Sunday about how hard it was to leave Tampa Bay, sounded more upbeat Monday. "It's good to go on the road and get to know the guys," the Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Kubina as saying after practice. The Flyers begin a four-game road trip tonight at Winnipeg. "It's a great organization and a great team and always has been one of the top teams in the league," said Kubina, who brought two draft picks and a minor leaguer for the Lightning.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each scored twice and Craig Anderson made 28 saves for the visiting Senators, who defeated the Islanders 6-0 to pull within two points of first-place Boston in the Northeast Division.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Predators extended the contract of David Poile, the only general manager in team history, through the 2014-15 season. Assistant GM Paul Fenton was also given an extended contract. … The Red Wings put goaltender Ty Conklin on waivers; he'll be assigned to AHL Grand Rapids if he isn't claimed by noon today.
First Period—1, Carolina, Faulk 6 (Brent, Tlusty), 3:41 (pp). 2, Carolina, Stewart 7 (E.Staal, Tlusty), 5:09. 3, Carolina, Nodl 3 (Bra.Sutter), 19:30. Penalties—Hamrlik, Was (elbowing), 3:29.
Second Period—4, Carolina, E.Staal 17, 5:56 (sh). Penalties—Joslin, Car (elbowing), 5:13; Hendricks, Was (roughing), 7:25; Joslin, Car (roughing), 7:25; Hendricks, Was, major (fighting), 9:31; Joslin, Car, major (fighting), 9:31; Alzner, Was (holding), 13:58; Brouwer, Was, major (fighting), 16:49; Faulk, Car, major (fighting), 16:49; Knuble, Was (holding), 19:38.
Third Period—5, Carolina, E.Staal 18 (Spacek), 5:51. Penalties—Brent, Car (hooking), 7:39; Perreault, Was (tripping), 11:08. Shots on Goal—Washington 5-6-6—17. Carolina 16-12-12—40. Power-play opportunities—Washington 0 of 2; Carolina 1 of 4. Goalies—Washington, Vokoun 23-15-2 (7 shots-5 saves), Neuvirth (5:09 first, 33-30). Carolina, Peters 2-3-0 (17-17). A—16,837 (18,680). T—2:29.
First Period—1, Ottawa, Karlsson 11, 1:08. 2, Ottawa, Spezza 26 (Foligno, Neil), 1:35. 3, Ottawa, Karlsson 12 (Alfredsson, Gonchar), 14:03. Penalties—Cowen, Ott (tripping), 10:23; Parenteau, NYI (slashing), 12:00; Parenteau, NYI, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:11.
Second Period—4, Ottawa, Phillips 3 (Turris, Gonchar), 9:37 (pp). Penalties—Staios, NYI (delay of game), 9:20; Smith, Ott, major (fighting), 12:59; Martin, NYI, major (fighting), 12:59; Ottawa bench, served by Foligno (too many men), 15:54; Niederreiter, NYI (tripping), 17:31.
Third Period—5, Ottawa, Lee 1 (Karlsson, Condra), 9:49. 6, Ottawa, Spezza 27 (Karlsson, Kuba), 10:57 (pp). Penalties—Parenteau, NYI, game misconduct, 9:49; Pandolfo, NYI (hooking), 10:26; Foligno, Ott (high-sticking), 14:29. Shots on Goal—Ottawa 15-12-5—32. N.Y. Islanders 5-5-18—28. Power-play opportunities—Ottawa 2 of 5; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 3. Goalies—Ottawa, Anderson 28-19-6 (28 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Poulin 2-3-0 (5-3), Montoya (1:35 first, 27-23). A—15,818 (16,234). T—2:19.