Hamilton has struggled against Ovechkin since the play behind the net in Game 5 led to Washington's third goal; look for the Hurricanes, without last change, to use both pairings against that line in Game 7 but lean toward Faulk and Pesce.
Game 7 is Wednesday night in Washington.
At the 10:34 mark of the third period, Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov tucked the puck.
"I said at the start of the series that if they're going to knock us out, we're not going to do it easy", he added.
"We've been here before, we've done it before", forward Devante Smith-Pelly said.
"After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the referee, the Situation Room confirmed that Alex Ovechkin interfered with Petr Mrazek by pushing his pad, which caused the puck to enter the next", the National Hockey League said in a statement. They had just one Game 7, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it wasn't on home ice, where Washington is 2-5 with Ovechkin on the roster.
The 32-year-old had 21 points in 24 games during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup last year. Goaltender Braden Holtby held up his end, stopping all of Carolina's shots in Game 5.
I wasn't trying to hurt him or anything.
It seemed "clear" to the Capitals' captain. "Let's go play another game".
Svechnikov has not played since sustaining a concussion in a fight with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in Game 3.
It helped the Hurricanes that they got a bit healthier, with one of the three forwards injured during this series returning to the lineup.
Despite the Hurricanes out-shooting the Capitals, the Capitals scored two goals, Backstrom again and then Brett Connolly with his first of the series. They advanced in their first opportunity to do so in all four series a year ago on the way to the first championship in franchise history and have developed something of a killer instinct.
Nashville, which hadn't scored a power-play goal all postseason, was granted another chance with the man advantage with less than two minutes left when Blake Comeau was called for tripping.