Mike Green scored two goals, Joel Ward added a goal, Nicklas Backstrom matched a career high with four assists and Braden Holtby made 31 saves.
Washington trailed 2-0 early before scoring five goals on thier first 11 shots, winning their seventh in 11 games.
Eric Staal and Alexander Semin each had two assists for the Hurricanes, who lost defenseman Joni Pitkanen to an apparent leg injury late in the second period.
Carolina’s Dan Ellis stopped four of the seven shots he faced.
PANTHERS 3, LIGHTNING 2, SO
In Tampa, Florida, Peter Mueller scored the only goal in the shootout and Jacob Markstrom made 39 saves to lead Florida past Tampa Bay.
Tomas Kopecky and Greg Rallo both scored power-play goals on deflections of shots by T.J. Brennan to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead after two periods.
The Lightning rallied in the third period. Tom Pyatt directed a pass from Teddy Purcell right above Markstrom’s shoulder pad cut the Panthers’ lead in half at 5:38. Alex Killorn tied it just less than 5 minutes later when a slap shot from Victor Hedman bounced off the boards and found its way onto Killorn’s stick, where he slipped it past Markstrom.
Also on Tuesday, it was:
‧ Coyotes 3, Kings 1
‧ Predators 3, Avalanche 1