Caps' Ribeiro scores late to complete comeback win over Canes
Mike Ribeiro scored with 2:16 remaining, and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Alex Ovechkin and Joey Crabb also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved within eight points of the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.
Michael Neuvirth made 36 saves to help Washington come back from an early two-goal deficit.
Alexander Semin and Patrick Dwyer scored for the Hurricanes, who had won six of seven and outscored opponents 29-15 during that stretch. Dan Ellis made 22 saves for Carolina.
Ribeiro's goal was scored after Ovechkin was stopped on a breakaway. The puck stayed in the crease, and Ribeiro managed to nudge it across the line. The goal was confirmed by a video review.
Carolina fell to 11-1 when leading after two periods. Washington improved to 3-9-1 when trailing through 40 minutes.
Ovechkin made it 2-2 early in the third period with a power-play goal. Ellis deflected a pass from behind the net, but the puck bounced to Troy Brouwer in the slot. Brouwer quickly moved the puck to Ovechkin for a one-timer that beat Ellis, who was out of position.
Carolina got off to a fast start 1:14 into the game when Semin scored his first goal against his former club.
Semin, who signed with the Hurricanes last summer, snapped the puck past Neuvirth after taking a pass from Eric Staal. Semin has five points in three games.
Carolina took a 2-0 lead a little more than 7 minutes later when Dwyer deflected in Tim Gleason's shot from the point.
At that point, the Capitals had allowed 10 consecutive goals.
Washington snapped that streak when Crabb scored 5:56 into the second period. Aaron Volpatti fed Crabb on a timing play, and the forward redirected the puck past Ellis.
NOTES: Washington was without defensemen John Erskine (upper body) and Mike Green (groin). Tom Poti (upper body) returned to the Capitals lineup after missing one game. . Carolina finished a stretch of six of eight at home.
First Period_1, Carolina, Semin 8 (E.Staal, Tlusty), 1:14. 2, Carolina, Dwyer 6 (Gleason, Corvo), 8:17. Penalties_E.Staal, Car (tripping), 15:56; Carlson, Was (interference), 19:11.
Second Period_3, Washington, Crabb 2 (Volpatti, Alzner), 5:56. Penalties_Ribeiro, Was (tripping), 8:07; E.Staal, Car (high-sticking), 20:00.
Third Period_4, Washington, Ovechkin 10 (Brouwer, Backstrom), 1:01 (pp). 5, Washington, Ribeiro 10 (Ovechkin, Carlson), 17:44. Penalties_Crabb, Was (boarding), 6:21; Faulk, Car (slashing), 7:52; Fehr, Was (roughing), 8:25; Semin, Car (roughing), 8:25; Backstrom, Was (holding), 19:44.
Shots on Goal_Washington 11-6-8_25. Carolina 16-7-15_38.
Power-play opportunities_Washington 1 of 3; Carolina 0 of 4.
Goalies_Washington, Neuvirth 2-4-1 (38 shots-36 saves). Carolina, Ellis 4-3-0 (25-22).
A_16,810 (18,680). T_2:26.
Referees_Gord Dwyer, Chris Rooney. Linesmen_Mark Wheler, Matt MacPherson.