FINAL
TOR
2
BOS
4
FINAL SO
BUF
2
NJD
3
FINAL OT
NYR
2
NYI
1
FINAL
PIT
5
PHI
4
FINAL
FLA
1
WSH
7
FINAL
MTL
4
CAR
2
FINAL OT
VAN
1
CBJ
2
FINAL
WPG
2
TBL
1
FINAL
EDM
0
DET
3
FINAL
STL
6
PHX
3
FINAL
DAL
5
LAK
2
FLA
15-27-6
WSH
27-18-3

30 SOG
26 SOG

Capitals continue to dominate Panthers

NHL.com | Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 10:58 PM

The Washington Capitals might start picking up the Florida Panthers at the airport.

The Capitals scored on their first shot, led 4-0 after eight minutes, and cruised to a 7-1 win against the Panthers on Thursday night, continuing their dominance over them at Verizon Center.

The Panthers have been outscored 23-4 in their past five visits to Washington, and they have lost nine of 10 trips to the nation's capital since the 2009-10 season.

Washington has won three in a row and five of six to climb the Southeast Division standings. Florida has lost four of five during a 3-6-4 slide that started with a 5-0 loss at Washington on Feb. 9.

Braden Holtby made 29 saves but lost his bid for a NHL-leading fourth shutout midway through the third period.

Seven players scored for Washington. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and two assists.

The first Capitals' shot of the game came from John Erskine, who cruised up to the blue line and launched the puck at goalie Jacob Markstrom. The Panthers' rookie opened his pads slightly, allowing the puck to sneak through 1:58 into the game.

It was 2-0 just 72 seconds later. From behind the goal line, Wojtek Wolski corralled a puck that deflected off the side of the net and snuck it in short side on Markstrom, who moved off the post anticipating a wraparound.

Markstrom was pulled without making a save, playing for the second time since being called back from San Antonio of the American Hockey League to replace Jose Theodore, out long-term with a groin injury.

Scott Clemmensen did not have any better luck, allowing Washington to take a 3-0 lead 2:28 after he entered. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom won a faceoff to the point, and John Carlson beat Clemmensen stick-side on the fourth shot he faced.

It took the Capitals two more shots to make it 4-0. Matt Hendricks knocked the puck loose behind the net to Ovechkin, who, with his back to the play, fed a backhand pass to Ribeiro in the slot at 8:10.

It was the second-fastest four-goal start in Capitals history.

Washington made it 5-0 on the first shift of a five-minute power play created by an interference penalty to Florida's Tyson Strachan.

Ribeiro moved the puck off the right-wing boards to Troy Brouwer, whose straight-line pass found Ovechkin in the left circle, and his blast connected at 9:17. It was Ovechkin's ninth goal of the season, and he has 10 points in his past six games.

The collision between Strachan and Washington's Jason Chimera knocked Chimera from the game briefly. Strachan was given a major and a game misconduct.

Florida's Jack Skille foiled Holtby's shutout when he took a pass from Shawn Matthias between the circles and beat the goalie in the top right corner at 10:49.

Third-period goals by Eric Fehr and Mathieu Perrault sandwiched Skille's score for the final margin.

1st2nd3rdT
FLA
WSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:58WSH John Erskine (3) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (10), John Carlson (6) 1 - 0 WSH
03:10WSH Wojtek Wolski (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Oleksy (2), Mathieu Perreault (6) 2 - 0 WSH
05:38WSH John Carlson (4) Slapshot - ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (18), Troy Brouwer (5) 3 - 0 WSH
08:10WSH Mike Ribeiro (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (11), Matt Hendricks (2) 4 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
09:17WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (9) Slapshot - ASST: Troy Brouwer (6), Mike Ribeiro (18) 5 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
04:08WSH PPG - Eric Fehr (6) Snap shot - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (3), Mike Ribeiro (19) 6 - 0 WSH
10:49FLA Jack Skille (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Matthias (2) 6 - 1 WSH
19:01WSH Mathieu Perreault (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (4), Steve Oleksy (3) 7 - 1 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Mike Ribeiro
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:29
Braden Holtby
2nd
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 25-26
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .967SH: 2-2
Alex Ovechkin
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:57FLA Tyson Strachan  Interference (maj) against  Jason Chimera
08:57FLA Tyson Strachan  Game misconduct against  Jason Chimera
3rd Period
02:18FLA Nolan Yonkman  Interference against  Eric Fehr
08:06WSH Tomas Kundratek  Hooking against  Jack Skille
13:40WSH Jason Chimera  Roughing against  Marcel Goc
shots by period
PeriodFLAWSH
1st812
2nd124
3rd1010
Total3026
Team Stats
CategoryFLAWSH
Power Plays0/22/3
Hits2924
Faceoff Wins2927
Giveaways610
Takeaways97
Blocked Shots1122
Penalty Minutes174
  • FLORIDA
  • WASHINGTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
11J. HuberdeauL00-10014:45
12J. SkilleR1015015:06
13M. SantorelliC00-10011:33
14T. FleischmannL00-30017:06
15D. ShoreC00-22017:05
17F. KubaD0001024:01
18S. MatthiasC0113015:25
22G. ParrosR00-10011:01
23T. StrachanD00-30159:22
25J. SmithsonC00-10011:45
34N. YonkmanD0001219:03
44E. GudbransonD00-14021:05
47C. RobakD00-11021:49
51B. CampbellD00-31024:40
52J. RheaultR0011013:56
57M. GocC00-25015:44
82T. KopeckyR00-32014:07
88P. MuellerC00-14015:58
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30S. Clemmensen1924.79256:29
35J. Markstrom02.0003:10
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. ErskineD1022018:02
8A. OvechkinR1234017:32
9M. RibeiroC1221016:29
15J. CrabbR0001012:17
16E. FehrR1014014:06
17W. WolskiL1221012:15
19N. BackstromC0101016:20
20T. BrouwerR0211016:29
25J. ChimeraL0001215:02
26M. HendricksC0113014:00
27K. AlznerD0020017:57
36T. KundratekD0011220:06
42J. WardR0000018:13
55J. SchultzD0001019:23
61S. OleksyD0220022:13
74J. CarlsonD1112016:49
83J. BeagleR0002015:35
85M. PerreaultC1121013:12
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
70B. Holtby2930.96760:00