The Washington Capitals rallied from a late two-goal deficit and
produced their first winning streak of the season.
Troy Brouwer scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift the
Capitals to their first road victory, a 6-5 win against the Florida
Panthers on Tuesday night.
Washington trailed 5-3 before Eric Fehr scored on a redirect at
14:53 of the third period. Alex Ovechkin netted a power-play goal
with 2:49 left to tie it.
”We’ve had a few games we’ve given away two points, now it’s
our turn to battle back and get those two very important points,”
Mike Ribeiro, Karl Alzner and Matt Hendricks also scored for the
Capitals. Braden Holtby, who shut out Florida 5-0 on Saturday,
stopped 27 shots.
”This win will do us wonders in the long run, knowing that we
can come back,” Holtby said, ”but at the same time, (if) we play
like that against one of top teams, it’s real ugly.”
Florida rookie Jonathan Huberdeau had his first multigoal game,
and Drew Shore scored his first NHL goal. Tomas Fleischmann and
Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, and Scott Clemmensen
made 23 saves.
Washington, which had been 0-4-1 on the road, improved to 22-8-1
in its last 31 games against Southeast Division rival Florida.
”I think our composure is something we have to continue to work
on,” Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. ”Feeling the pressure,
it’s how you respond to it and we didn’t respond to it well.
Obviously, sometimes you survive those, and tonight that’s
certainly a tough loss.”
Brouwer took a pass on the right wing from Nicklas Backstrom and
skated in alone on Clemmensen. His first shot was stopped, but
Brouwer put in the rebound.
Shore’s goal, the result of being hit by the puck after Holtby
mishandled Jack Skille’s centering pass, gave the Panthers a
two-goal cushion at 6:25 of the third.
”It’s kind of a tough pill to swallow, especially we know how
in this season, every point is important,” Shore said. ”We let
one slip away.”
The 19-year-old Huberdeau, the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft,
scored two second-period goals – one on a double re-direct – to
give the Panthers a 4-3 edge. Alzner and Hendricks also scored in
”In the third, we let go of all the good things we did in the
second,” said Huberdeau, whose slashing penalty led to Ovechkin’s
Holtby stopped Peter Mueller from in close on a two-on-none rush
with Shore to keep the game tied at 3.
Florida led 2-1 after one period on goals by Fleischmann and
Ribeiro’s power-play goal gave Washington a 1-0 lead at 4:26 of
the first period. The Capitals have scored a power-play goal in
five consecutive games.
NOTES: Fleischmann has scored 99 NHL goals. … Capitals D Tom
Poti (upper body) missed his third straight game. … The Panthers,
who began a four-game homestand, will host Montreal (Thursday),
Tampa Bay (Saturday) and Toronto (Monday). … The Capitals have
two games left on a three-game trip: Tampa Bay on Thursday, and the
New York Rangers on Sunday.