CAROLINA 6, WASHINGTON 5 (OT)

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Ray Whitney made the

Washington Capitals' 11th penalty the most costly.

Whitney scored his second goal of the game with 85 seconds left

in overtime and Josef Vasicek collected a career-high four

points in his return to the lineup as the Carolina Hurricanes

posted a 6-5 victory over the Capitals.

With 2:09 remaining in overtime, Washington's Chris Clark took a

tripping penalty. Less than a minute later, Whitney made him

pay as he blasted a slap shot from the left faceoff circle past

netminder Martin Gerber.

The team's leading scorer in 2003-04, Vasicek tore several knee

ligaments on November 11 at Florida and underwent knee surgery

on December 5. The 25-year-old was activated from injured

reserve prior to the game and returned to the ice in impressive

fashion with two goals and two assists.

Vasicek gave Carolina a 3-2 lead just under seven minutes into

the second period and snapped a 4-4 tie midway through the third

period.

However, Washington's Rico Fata tallied with 4:33 remaining to

forge a 5-5 tie, setting the stage for Whitney's game-winner.

Captain Rod Brind'Amour and Justin Williams also scored for the

Hurricanes, who avenged two losses to the Capitals in the last

nine days.