FINAL
PIT
1
NJD
3
FINAL OT
CAR
3
PHI
4
FINAL
WPG
1
OTT
0
FINAL
EDM
1
DET
2
FINAL SO
PHX
1
SJS
0
FINAL
TOR
6
MTL
0
FINAL
BUF
3
NYI
2
FINAL
FLA
0
WSH
5
FINAL SO
ANA
6
STL
5
FINAL OT
NSH
1
MIN
2
FINAL
CGY
1
VAN
5
FLA
15-27-6
WSH
27-18-3

27 SOG
25 SOG

Brouwer, Holtby lead Capitals to 5-0 win

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

The Washington Capitals entered Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers with specific instructions from their general manager: stop taking penalties and stop letting in goals.

The Capitals went 2-for-2, and decided to score some too.

Braden Holtby made 27 saves and Troy Brouwer had two goals in a 5-0 win at Verizon Center.

Washington's third victory in 12 games ended a three-game losing streak. They remain last in the Eastern Conference, however.

"Every game we're feeling more comfortable," Holtby said. "We learned a lot from the start of the season and there's nothing but good things going forward."

Friday, GM George McPhee told reporters, "The two areas we must get better is, keeping pucks out of our net, and it starts by not taking penalties."

The players also got together to address their slow start.

"We kind of had a team meeting; we could press the reset button and calm down a little bit," said Joel Ward, who had a goal and an assist.

The Capitals took three minor penalties (one coincidental) and a fighting major. The Panthers managed three shots on their two power plays, and Holtby stopped the other 24 for his first shutout of the season, fourth of his career.

"Tonight is a game that we need to model the rest of our season after," Brouwer said. "Everything was working in our direction because we were working hard."

Washington capitalized on a Florida mistake to take a 1-0 lead late in the first period.

Panthers forward Jerred Smithson's clearing attempt from behind his net was intercepted by John Carlson, whose one-timer from the right-wing circle deflected off Brouwer past Jose Theodore at 17:45.

The Capitals opened a two-goal lead in the second.

Holtby launched a pass from in front of his net to Brouwer at the opposite blue line. He skated to the right-wing circle and blasted a shot over Theodore's glove 3:26 into the period.

"That's a big goal; great play, big goal," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "... It's a very heady play by him (Holtby). Pass down the ice -- that means he's involved in the game."

Later, after a five-man battle along the left-wing boards, the puck hopped to Ward's stick, and his shot found the net at 11:55.

Alex Ovechkin, playing on a line with Mike Ribeiro and Jason Chimera, extended his point streak to four games with his first even-strength goal at 3:49 of the third period.

Mathieu Perreault made it 5-0 when he whacked in a long rebound off a shot by Jeff Schultz. The goal with 10:32 remaining knocked Theodore, the Capitals goaltender from 2008-10, from the game with 16 saves. He was replaced by Scott Clemmensen.

Perreault, who also had an assist, had been a healthy scratch the prior five games.

The Panthers had won three of four with an overtime loss after a five-game losing streak. They sit in 13th place in the East.

"They were obviously a desperate team, but at least we could have made a game out of it," Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell told the Miami Herald. "The frustrating part is, we didn't give ourselves a chance and we've done that too many times this season. We knew they would come out and needed the points as bad as we did. We needed to match them. We didn't."

The teams have two days off before playing again in Florida on Tuesday.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report.

1st2nd3rdT
FLA
WSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
17:45WSH Troy Brouwer (4) ASST: John Carlson (3) 1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
03:36WSH PPG - Troy Brouwer (5) ASST: Braden Holtby (1) 2 - 0 WSH
11:55WSH Joel Ward (5) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (1), Eric Fehr (1) 3 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
03:49WSH Alex Ovechkin (4) ASST: Jason Chimera (6), Mike Ribeiro (10) 4 - 0 WSH
09:28WSH Mathieu Perreault (1) ASST: Jeff Schultz (1), Joel Ward (3) 5 - 0 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Braden Holtby
1st
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 23-23
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Troy Brouwer
2nd
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:15
Joel Ward
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:20
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:44WSH John Erskine  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
05:44FLA George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  John Erskine
06:32WSH Jason Chimera  Interference against  Tomas Fleischmann
2nd Period
02:35FLA George Parros  Interference against  Eric Fehr
14:25FLA Jose Theodore  Interference against  Mathieu Perreault
18:51FLA Tomas Kopecky  Interference against  Mike Ribeiro
18:51WSH Mike Green  Holding against  Kris Versteeg
3rd Period
16:38WSH Eric Fehr  Roughing against  Erik Gudbranson
shots by period
PeriodFLAWSH
1st108
2nd117
3rd610
Total2725
Team Stats
CategoryFLAWSH
Power Plays0/21/2
Hits2524
Faceoff Wins2425
Giveaways76
Takeaways510
Blocked Shots1819
Penalty Minutes1111
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  • WASHINGTON
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9S. WeissC00-23018:06
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50D. ShoreC00-13016:33
51B. CampbellD00-10022:59
57M. GocC0003015:46
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88P. MuellerC00-11014:22
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60J. Theodore1621.76249:21
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15J. CrabbR0000011:03
16E. FehrR0120213:07
17W. WolskiL0012014:28
19N. BackstromC0012018:44
20T. BrouwerR2012017:15
25J. ChimeraL0111214:54
26M. HendricksC0001011:46
27K. AlznerD0020021:29
36T. KundratekD0012016:26
42J. WardR1122013:20
52M. GreenD0022224:11
55J. SchultzD0113017:13
74J. CarlsonD0111020:40
83J. BeagleR0000010:57
85M. PerreaultC1121012:40
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
70B. Holtby27271.00060:00