Hurricanes oust defending-champion Capitals in 2 OTs

Carolina’s Jordan Staal tied it in the third period before teammate Brock McGinn scored in the second overtime Wednesday as the Hurricanes beat the host Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 7 of an Eastern Conference first-round series to eliminate the defending champions.

“Time and time again we’ve just manned up,” said Hurricanes captain Justin Williams, who had an assist on McGinn’s winner. “It would have been easy to fold up, especially against a team like that. … Our guys really fought.”

The Capitals joined the Predators and Penguins as teams that won at least one series each of the previous three years but failed to get out of the first round this year.

Carolina will face the New York Islanders in the second round starting Friday.

Briefly: Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to be sidelined for at least five months after undergoing hip surgery, the team announced. … Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, Predators right wing Wayne Simmonds and the Hurricanes’ Williams were named finalists for the NHL Leadership Award, presented “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.” The winner will be revealed June 19 in Las Vegas.

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