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Washington
Capitals
28-40-14
Florida
Panthers
35-31-16

30 SOG
32 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
FLA
game recap

Panthers 6, Capitals 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 6, Capitals 3
Washington Capitals 3, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Florida Panthers center Jozef Stumpel stayed sharp and helped a struggling teammate get out of a slump.

Stumpel had two goals and an assist against Washington, and new linemate Juraj Kolnik snapped a five-game point drought with a goal and an assist in the Panthers' 6-3 victory over the Capitals on Thursday night.

"We got a big performance out of people like Jozef Stumpel," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "I thought his line was really excellent. Juraj Kolnik gave us a big game on that line, and it seems like the change of lines really helped out."

Stumpel had three points for the second time in three games and has posted 15 points in 11 games.

"I feel comfortable out there," Stumpel said. "We got this one done, and obviously we need to get the next one."

Martin Gelinas, the player replaced by Kolnik on the line that includes Stumpel and Rostislav Olesz, also had a good night with two power-play goals. The Panthers finished 3-for-6 with the advantage.

"We just have to play a simple game, especially on special teams," said Stumpel, whose second goal came during a power play. "Make sure you get goals, and we don't get any against. Just playing our hockey."

Ville Peltonen had the other goal for the Panthers, 7-1-2 in their last 10 home games.

Chris Clark, Alex Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus scored for Washington, 2-7 in its last nine. Ovechkin scored for the fourth consecutive game and extended his point streak to 13 games, the longest in the NHL this season. He leads the league with 33 goals.

The Panthers beat Washington for the third time in 19 days.

"They seem to play pretty well against us," Capitals defenseman Jamie Heward said. "They've got a lot of speed, and they have a lot of cohesiveness now. They're doing the right things. They're playing well together."

Ed Belfour stopped 27 shots and improved to 20-6-2 against Washington. Olie Kolzig made 26 saves for the Capitals.

Stumpel opened the scoring at 1:17 when he backhanded in a long rebound from the slot.

His second goal came at 8:14 of the second and gave Florida a 4-1 lead. After Ruslan Salei's slap shot from the point went off the post and hit the back of Kolzig's leg, Stumpel retrieved the puck from behind the goal line and flipped it over the Washington goalie.

Stumpel came close to recording his first hat trick since Feb. 3, 1998, when he took a cross-ice pass near the net. Kolzig denied him with a sliding save.

Stumpel set up Kolnik's goal when he fed him a cross-ice pass on a 2-on-1 and Kolnik one-timed it past Kolzig.

"It's always nice to play with Jozef," Kolnik said. "He's a smart center. He knows where his wings are."

Washington trailed 5-1 after two periods before Ovechkin and Zubrus scored. Gelinas stopped the Capitals' rally when he tipped in Stephen Weiss' wrist shot on the power play.

"For us it's goals against, and it's not only on the road, it's all over," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "From the first quarter of the season, where we were a little below the middle of the pack - I think 20th - we've dropped to third from the bottom. It becomes difficult. We can't be giving up six goals.

"We all have to take responsibility. We all have a job to do defensively and we'll keep working at it."

Notes: Weiss' assist on Gelinas' first goal was his 100th NHL point. ... The Capitals dropped to 2-17-3 when trailing after one period. ... Florida LW Gary Roberts missed his 11th consecutive game because of a hip injury. ... Kolzig was called for two penalties, one for unsportsmanlike conduct and one for roughing.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:17
FLA
Jozef Stumpel (14) ASST: Rostislav Olesz (13), Jay Bouwmeester (19)
1 - 0 FLA
14:34
FLA
PPG - Martin Gelinas (7) ASST: Stephen Weiss (16), Joel Kwiatkowski (5)
2 - 0 FLA
18:27
WSH
PPG - Chris Clark (22) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (28), Alexander Semin (23)
2 - 1 FLA
2nd Period
05:41
FLA
Ville Peltonen (9) ASST: Juraj Kolnik (8), Jay Bouwmeester (20)
3 - 1 FLA
08:14
FLA
PPG - Jozef Stumpel (15) ASST: Ruslan Salei (22), Olli Jokinen (31)
4 - 1 FLA
13:29
FLA
Juraj Kolnik (6) ASST: Jozef Stumpel (26), Steve Montador (5)
5 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
02:32
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (33) ASST: Dainius Zubrus (29), Ben Clymer (10)
5 - 2 FLA
11:58
WSH
PPG - Dainius Zubrus (18) ASST: Chris Clark (18), Alexander Semin (24)
5 - 3 FLA
15:31
FLA
PPG - Martin Gelinas (8) ASST: Stephen Weiss (17), Ruslan Salei (23)
6 - 3 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
05:38
FLA
Bryan Allen  Roughing
13:16
WSH
Alexander Semin  Hooking
15:40
FLA
Chris Gratton  Slashing
15:40
WSH
Jamie Heward  Hi-sticking
17:29
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Hooking
19:25
FLA
David Booth  Slashing
2nd Period
02:17
FLA
Anthony Stewart  Hooking
03:26
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Holding
06:23
WSH
Steve Eminger  Interference
07:33
WSH
Jamie Heward  Hooking
08:14
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:03
FLA
Ed Belfour  Interference
3rd Period
06:01
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Holding
09:00
FLA
Steve Montador  Interference
09:00
FLA
Steve Montador  Roughing
09:00
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Roughing
11:10
FLA
Jozef Stumpel  Hooking
15:15
WSH
Alexander Semin  Slashing
19:20
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Roughing
goalie stats
Olie Kolzig
SA: 32TOI: 59:49
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 4PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .813SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
SA: 30TOI: 59:52
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1