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Brent Johnson makes a sprawling save in a 3-2 Capitals win. ((Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press))

Alexander Semin scored twice in the final three minutes, including the winning goal with 10.9 seconds left, to rally the Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Thursday night.

The Capitals trailed 2-1 before Semin scored from close range with 2:43 to go.

Then, with time running out, he ended a rush toward the net by beating Cam Ward with a wrist shot from inside the circle.

Semin has 10 goals in 12 games, which has enabled the Capitals to withstand an unusual scoring drought by Alexander Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, the reigning Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy holder, was held without a goal for the eighth consecutive game, a career-high.

He had assists on all three goals, but has only two goals and seven points in 10 games this season.

Sergei Fedorov had the other goal for Washington, 10-0-1 in its last 11 regular-season home games dating to last season.

Scott Walker and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Hurricanes.

Starting a second straight game for the Capitals in place of inconsistent goalie Jose Theodore, Brent Johnson had 32 saves.

His fine effort looked to be in vain until Semin made his charge at the end.

The loss prevented Carolina's Peter Laviolette from becoming the winningest American-born head coach in NHL history.

He remains tied with John Tortorella with 239 wins.

Carolina went up 1-0 at 2:59 of the first period when Walker deflected a shot by Josef Melichar past Johnson.

It was the fourth time this season the Capitals allowed a goal on their opponent's first shot.

Late in the period, Donald Brashear got the best of Wade Brookbank in a one-sided fight.

Both players tumbled to the ice before heading to the locker room with 3:15 left.

Fedorov tied it early in the second period, taking a pass from Ovechkin on the fly and lifting the puck over Ward's right shoulder.

The Hurricanes regained the lead at 12:13, when Ruutu skated in from the blue-line and fired the puck between Johnson's legs.