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36 SOG
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game recap

Panthers 4, Capitals 3, SO

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:48 AM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks to Roberto Luongo, the Florida Panthers ended a grueling road swing with five points and a break-even record.

Luongo made two shootout saves, Nathan Horton and Joe Nieuwendyk scored shootout goals and the Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday.

``It was a must-win for us, obviously,'' said Panthers center Olli Jokinen, who scored twice. ``I guess we have to be satisfied - we played .500. But at this point in the year, it's not going to be enough for us.''

Sean Hill added a goal in regulation for the Panthers, who ended a season-long five-game road trip with a 2-2-1 record. Horton and Nieuwendyk added two assists apiece.

Dainius Zubrus had two goals and Jamie Heward also scored for Washington, which squandered a 2-0 lead and has dropped four straight. Alex Ovechkin had two assists.

``We had a jump at the beginning of the game,'' Zubrus said. ``We were playing well and then, just like a couple of games ago, we got into trouble with penalties. Seems like a broken record.''

Horton and Nieuwendyk both scored by putting the puck between Olaf Kolzig's pads after Kolzig had blocked the first shootout attempt by Jokinen. Brooks Laich scored a shootout goal for the Capitals, but Luongo made a kick save at the left post on Ovechkin and batted away Brian Willsie's shot with his left hand.

Ovechkin was 5-for-7 on shootout attempts before being denied by Luongo's sprawling stop.

``That's my job - make saves and try to keep my team in it. I was trying to wait (Ovechkin) out,'' said Luongo, who made 29 saves in regulation and four more in overtime. ``I just hoped I could get a piece of it.''

Florida won its second game at MCI Center this season, snapping a three-game losing streak. Against the rest of the NHL, the Panthers are 3-16-4 on the road. The Panthers have also won five straight overall against Washington.

``We just got lucky in here a couple of times,'' Horton said. ``We worked hard, we battled and we got points.''

Heward's slap shot from the right point gave Washington a 1-0 lead 19 seconds into the game, and Zubrus got his 100th career goal on a power play to make it 2-0 at 3:57.

Zubrus dashed to the right post to put in a cross-crease pass from Matt Pettinger, giving the Capitals a power-play goal in nine straight games, a season high.

Hill's wrister from the top of the right circle at 17:25 cut the lead in half.

Florida, which failed on a 1:04 two-man advantage in the opening period, got goals from Jokinen on successive power-play opportunities 50 seconds apart midway through the second.

A holding penalty on Steve Eminger set up Jokinen's 19th goal of the season at 10:16. Jokinen fired a shot past a screened Kolzig from the right point to tie it.

Laich went off for high-sticking 12 seconds later and Jokinen put the Panthers ahead at 11:06, sweeping in a cross-ice feed by Nieuwendyk from low in the left circle.

Zubrus' man-up goal tied it with 7:17 left in regulation. Zubrus scored from the right circle, one-timing a pass from Bryan Muir.

Notes: Jokinen had not scored a goal in five games, matching his longest drought of the season. ... Zubrus has a point in five straight games, a career high. ... Ovechkin has assisted on all six of Heward's goals. ... Florida scratched C Stephen Weiss (wrist) for a fourth consecutive game, while Capitals C Jeff Halpern (groin) missed his third straight game.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:19
WSH
Jamie Heward (6) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (23), Chris Clark (7)
1 - 0 WSH
03:57
WSH
PPG - Dainius Zubrus (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Pettinger (8), Alex Ovechkin (24)
2 - 0 WSH
17:25
FLA
Sean Hill (2) Slapshot - ASST: Nathan Horton (10), Gary Roberts (16)
2 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
10:16
FLA
PPG - Olli Jokinen (19) Slapshot - ASST: Nathan Horton (11), Joe Nieuwendyk (9)
2 - 2 Tie
11:06
FLA
PPG - Olli Jokinen (20) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (10), Jay Bouwmeester (16)
3 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
12:43
WSH
PPG - Dainius Zubrus (10) Slapshot - ASST: Bryan Muir (9), Mathieu Biron (7)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDFLAWSHTOTAL
1O. Jokinen
B. Laich
0 - 1
2N. Horton
A. Ovechkin
1 - 1
3J. Nieuwendyk
B. Willsie
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
03:13
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Hooking
04:07
FLA
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
04:07
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Montador
07:15
FLA
Rob Globke  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:39
WSH
Jamie Heward  Hooking
13:35
WSH
Steve Eminger  Interference against  Juraj Kolnik
18:47
FLA
Gary Roberts  Roughing against  Jamie Heward
2nd Period
04:56
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Interference against  Brooks Laich
09:33
WSH
Steve Eminger  Holding against  Martin Gelinas
10:28
WSH
Brooks Laich  Hi-sticking against  Mike Van Ryn
13:51
WSH
Brendan Witt  Roughing
16:55
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Brian Willsie
19:00
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
02:51
FLA
Rob Globke  Holding against  Brian Willsie
09:03
FLA
Rob Globke  Hooking against  Brian Sutherby
09:36
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Hooking against  Mike Van Ryn
11:39
FLA
Nathan Horton  Hooking against  Jamie Heward
15:47
FLA
Nathan Horton  Roughing against  Brian Sutherby
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 36TOI: 65:00
Saves: 33EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 42TOI: 64:54
Saves: 39EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .929SH: 4 - 4