FLA - T. Fleischmann (6), B. Boyes (16), PP - D. Shore (5), B. Boyes (17)
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CAR - PP - T. Brouwer (15), B. Laich (6), N. Backstrom (3:44), PP - T. Bouwer (16), A. Ovechkin (41)
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SUNRISE — (NHL.com) - Alex Ovechkin wouldn't let the Washington Capitals lose.
The Capitals failed to hold a pair of two-goal leads, but Ovechkin broke a tie by scoring his NHL-leading 41st goal with 4:17 left in regulation to give Washington a 5-4 victory against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. FULL RECAP
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- Panthers forward Brad Boyes.
| 1. Slow Start: Three weeks off due to the Olympic break and the Panthers showed some rust of the time off as the Capitals got off to a great start. Washington struck twice within a two and a half minute span early in the first to put the Panthers behind the eight ball. Troy Brouwer pounced on a rebound 5:48 in off the power play and then Brooks Laich scored on a laser of a shot off the feed from Alex Ovechkin on a Capitals 2-on-1 breakout at the 8:10 mark. Definitely not the way to get things rolling to begin the final stretch of the 2013-14 season. |
2. Coming Back: The Panthers fought back valiently after trailing by two on two different occasions and it was the veterans leading the charge. Jesse Winchester and Tomas Fleischmann scored on a rush of their own with Winchester fending off a defender to set up Flash in the slot with 4:33 remaining. The Killer B's then struck 40 seconds into the second as Brad Boyes scored on the rebound with Sean Bergenheim setting up his line mate. In the third it was Young Gun Drew Shore drawing the Cats to within one with a power play goal and then Boyes tying the game with his second of the night. It was a pretty good night for who saw his first son and second child born on Monday.
3. Just Short: Florida certainly had the momentum going for them thanks to the two goals by Shore and Boyes 1:22 apart early in the third and kept their foot on the pedal. They had a couple of golden opportunities to take the lead thanks to two power plays midway through but the Capitals killed off both attempts and had themselves a great chance to take the lead after Mike Green stepped out of the box. The blueliner found himself on a breakaway and Tim Thomas slipped while on the rush but robbed Green of the go-ahead goal with about six minutes to play. The tie wouldn't last much longer as Alex Ovechkin scored on the rush with 4:17 remaining. The Cats got a late power play with a minute to play but couldn't find the equalizer in the first game out of the break.
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Memorable twitter posts from the game.
@dlhbmonster: I was at the game amazing game! Awesome scores if only the panthers could have one more shoot good job guys you did a epic job @FlaPanthers
@SouthPaw303: @FlaPanthers I just tweeted @SportsCenter for Tim Thomas #SCtop10 !! Retweet it for Timmy!!!!
@kdavvv: WHAT A SAVE BY TIM THOMAS @FlaPanthers
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Memorable fan posts from the game.
Babygirlsweet LS: thats ok panthers good exciting game
Angelina Guerra: This one was a tough loss. We battled hard in the third. Oh well, on to the next!
Stephen Watts: Great game. Shame about the outcome.
7. Seven different skaters recorded multi point efforts thanks to the nine goals scored between the two teams.
9. Scoring four goals on the night, the Cats had nine different Panthers record points, including a two goal effort from Brad Boyes.
33. Forward Tomas Fleischmann netted his sixth goal of the season to get the Cats on the board in the first. 33% of his goals have come against his former team.
80. What a night for Boyes. Not only did he notch his team leading 16th and 17th goals of the season but the winger won 80% of his draws, winning four of his five on the way.
500. Picking up an assist on Shore's third period goal, captain Ed Jovanovski notched the 500th point of his NHL career.
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The Washington captain had a strong game after a disappointing Olympics, setting up the second and fourth goals and netting the game winner.
|Alex Ovechkin |
1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, 4 Shots, 17:37 TOI
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| The Cats hit the road for three straight, including back-to-back games over the weekend in Columbus and on Long Island. Florida will look to avenge a loss earlier this month in Columbus as they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 final on Feb. 3. The Blue Jackets sit three points out of a playoff spot with 66 points (29-25-5). They're led offensively by center Ryan Johansen who has 46 points (24-22-46) in 59 games while Russian Olympian Sergei Bobrovsky has been great between the pipes with a .917 save percentage and 2.57 GAA and a 20-15-3 record. |