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Brouwer, Laich each have goal and assist, Capitals beat Hurricanes 5-2 in preseason finale

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WASHINGTON — Troy Brouwer and Brooks Laich each had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday in their preseason finale.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jason Chimera and Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals (5-3). Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen each had two assists.

PHOTO: Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, has his shot deflected by Carolina Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles (26) in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, has his shot deflected by Carolina Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles (26) in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jiri Tlusty had a goal and an assist and John-Michael Liles also scored for the Hurricanes (2-5), who lost forward Jeff Skinner early in the first period after a hit from Niskanen.

Skinner fell to the ice after taking Niskanen's forearm to his head. Skinner was able to skate off, but Carolina announced Skinner wouldn't return due to an upper-body injury.

Braden Holtby made 19 saves for Washington. Carolina's Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots.

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