The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals return to D.C. for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series tied at 2-2. The Hurricanes scored wins in Games 3 and 4 at home, and the Capitals will try to get back on track when the series resumes Saturday night.
The Hurricanes have the momentum and did a solid job of taking Washington out of its game several times. Carolina's physical style of play and speed really hurt the Capitals at both ends of the ice on many occasions in both games.
The Hurricanes often made clearing the puck out of their own end a battle for Washington, and Carolina has the speed to match the Capitals. Washington has not been able to get into the Hurricanes' defensive zone and set up enough to cause trouble -- and sometimes the Capitals can't get out of their own end.