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The Washington Capitals’ tying goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period Friday night was the ultimate definition of a scramble.

Let’s see if we can explain.

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward tries to poke check the puck away from Alex Ovechkin on a Capitals power play.

Ovechkin gets twisted around and is run over by Marcus Kruger. In the meantime, Ward gets tangled up with teammate Haydn Fleury.

Ward tries to cover the puck while four or five players are down on their knees.

During the scramble, Ward grabs hold of Lars Eller’s stick and they have a brief tug of war.

Somehow the puck gets free and Ovechkin feeds Jakub Vrana. Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin desperately tries to make a save with Ward out of position.

And here’s where it gets complicated because somehow the puck gets to Eller, who scores.

The goal survives a Hurricanes challenge for goaltender interference. 

Speaking of scrambling, kudos to Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who earlier in the period stayed on the ice to play defense after being hit and stunned by an Oveckhin shot. He had trouble staying up at times and struggled to get to the bench.

He left for the dressing room but quickly returned to play.