Alexander Semin scored two goals, Mike Green connected with 3:44 left in overtime, and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Friday night.

The Capitals entered with the best record in the NHL and Carolina had the worst. But the Hurricanes converted two of their first three shots to take a 2-0 lead with 14 minutes elapsed.

Semin tied it by scoring twice in the second period, and Tomas Fleischmann gave Washington its first lead with 17:08 remaining in regulation, hammering home a pass from Mathieu Perreault during a delayed penalty call.

Carolina's Tim Gleason then scored a short-handed goal with 6:30 left. Gleason, who had his face bloodied by a puck earlier in the period, stole the puck in his own end and skated in on a breakaway.

In overtime, Green ended it with a wrist shot from between the circles.

Jiri Tlusty and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, and Cam Ward made 36 saves. But it wasn't enough to prevent Carolina from sinking to 1-12-3 on the road.

In rebounding from a 3-0 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday night, the Capitals outshot Carolina 37-16 during regulation and improved to 8-0-0 this season within the Southeast Division.

Tlusty put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at 2:01 of the first period with his first goal since March 29, 2008, with Toronto. Tlusty was making his Carolina debut after being called up from Albany of the AHL earlier Friday.

Staal scored at 13:56, stuffing the puck past Jose Theodore after taking a pass from Patrick Dwyer, who came from Albany with Tlusty.

After outshooting Carolina 14-4 in the first period, the Capitals needed more than 7 1/2 minutes to get their first shot on goal in the second period.

Semin cut the gap to 2-1 with a shot from the right circle that went through Brett Carson's legs and over Ward's shoulder.

Carolina missed a chance to restore its two-goal cushion late in the middle period when it was determined by a replay that Tuomo Ruutu kicked the goal into the net with the Hurricanes on the power play.

Semin tied it with less than a second remaining, lifting a loose puck over the prone Ward.

NOTES: Besides calling up Tlusty and Dwyer, Carolina placed forwards Erik Cole and Chad LaRose on injured reserve. ... Before Friday, the Capitals had outscored the opposition 39-15 in the first period. ... Washington RW Mike Knuble returned after missing 12 games because of a broken finger.

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