WASHINGTON (AP) _ Robert Lang and Washington Capitals got the lucky bounce
Lang scored his team-leading 28th goal on a deflection and assisted on
Sergei Gonchar's goal to help the Capitals tie the Florida Panthers 2-2 on
With the Capitals trailing 2-0 late in the second period, Lang's momentum on
a drive to the goal was slowed. However, he got just enough of the puck to push
it toward the net, and it ended up deflecting in off the skate of Florida's
``If we had been in that situation earlier this season, I think we would
have probably folded our tents and called it a night,'' Washington goalie Olaf
Kolzig said. ``We got that fluky goal at the end of the second period that kind
of jump-started us a little bit and we dominated the rest of the way.''
Gonchar tied it at 7:10 of the third, just seconds after a Washington
power-play expired, one-timing a shot by Roberto Luongo's glove to extend
Washington's unbeaten streak to four.
``Obviously, it's frustrating to see a lucky goal, but we were still up 2-1
and there's no reason to think that they would get another one after that,''
Lang had a chance to win it in overtime, but shot high over an open net with
less than two minutes to play.
Mike Van Ryn and Kristian Huselius scored for the Panthers, 1-2-2 with a
game left on a six-game road trip.
Van Ryn opened the scoring at 1:45 of the second period when he spun blindly
in-between the circles and fired a shot through the legs of Kolzig.
Huselius posted his less than four minutes later as he circled around from
behind the net and beat Kolzig with a backhanded flip just inside the near