Series (Game 1 of 1)

Carolina leads 1-0

Game 1: Friday, September 16th

Capitals 0

(0-1-0, 0 pts)

Hurricanes 6

(1-0-0, 2 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 16, 2005

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
WSH 0 0 00
CAR 2 2 26

Top Skaters

Ward makes 24 saves, shuts out Capitals

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Rookie Cam Ward made 24 saves, six players scored goals and the Carolina Hurricanes took advantage of Washington's 15 penalties to beat the Capitals 6-0 Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Michael Zigomanis, Eric Staal, Justin Williams, Matt Cullen, Colin Forbes and Cory Stillman scored for the Hurricanes, four of the goals coming on the power play. They were last in that category during the most recent NHL season.

Despite the lopsided final score, the teams participated in a shootout to give fans a taste of what will happen following ties this season. Carolina even won that, 2-1.

The Capitals were without several of their top players, including goaltender Olaf Kolzig and 2004 top overall draft pick Alexander Ovechkin, who plans to make his NHL debut next week at home. Veterans Kevyn Adams, Erik Cole and Josef Vasicek -- along with new goalie Martin Gerber -- were among Carolina's healthy scratches.

It was the first chance for fans and players to get a look at the implementation of several new rules, all of which were designed to increase scoring chances. The first penalty came 19 seconds into the game when Washington center Jeff Halpern was called for hooking.

Later in the period, Staal stuffed in a rebound just seconds after a two-man advantage ended to make it 1-0. Washington finished the opening period with eight penalties, giving Carolina more than 11½ minutes of power play.

The 21-year-old Ward completed his first professional season in 2004-05 with Carolina's AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass., where he finished with a 1.99 goals-against average to rank fourth in the league.

Gerber is slated to be the starter after coming over in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks.

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