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Panthers score three goals in 2nd period of 5-3 victory over Capitals

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WASHINGTON - Radek Dvorak, Ville Peltonen and Gregory Campbell had a goal and an assist each, and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 Tuesday night.

Nicklas Backstrom's power-play goal gave Washington a 1-0 first-period lead. His pass banged off Florida defenceman Jay Bouwmeester's foot and in with 4:03 left.

Peltonen tied it at 6:19 of the second period before the luck kicked in 69 seconds later. Bouwmeester was credited with the go-ahead goal when Washington's David Steckel's pass hit teammate Karl Alzner's skate in front and went between Jose Theodore's pads for a power-play goal.

The Panthers made it 3-1 when Bryan McCabe's shot deflected off Washington defenceman Shaone Morrisonn and in with 7:51 left in the second period.

Dvorak added an insurance tally early in the third. Washington rallied with late goals from Viktor Kozlov and Tomas Fleischmann, but Campbell's empty-net goal clinched it. Craig Anderson, who has the best save percentage in the NHL, stopped 23 saves and earned his second straight win.

Washington lost in regulation at home for the first time this season (9-1-1), and were 15-0-1 in its past 16 games in the nation's capital. San Jose is the only remaining NHL team that is perfect at home this season in regulation.

The Capitals are still struggling with injuries as seven players from their opening night roster sat out.

Florida, which entered with the league's 27th ranked power-play unit, went 2-for-4 against Washington.

The Panthers grabbed the lead with goals 69 seconds apart in the second period. Peltonen scored at 6:19, and Steckel made it 2-1 moments later.

Kozlov scored for Washington with 3:49 left, and Fleischmann added another 51 seconds later.

Notes: Sami Lepisto got an assist on Backstrom's goal, his third point in four games this season. ... Washington LW Alex Ovechkin (one assist) was chosen as the NHL's first star of the month for November - the fourth Capitals player to earn that honour this season. ... The Capitals recalled LW Graham Mink from Hershey (AHL). ... Dvorak is the only current Panthers player who was on the Florida club that reached the Stanley Cup final in 1998.

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