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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 6, Panthers 5 (OT)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 2 2 1 0 5
Capitals 1 2 2 1 6
FLA - T. Fleischmann (4), S. Matthias (2), J. Huberdeau (4), J. Huberdeau (5), D. Shore (1)
WSH - PP - M. Ribeiro (5), K. Alzner (1), M. Hendricks (3), E. Fehr, PP - A. Ovechkin (5), T. Brouwer (6)

SUNRISE, Fla. — Troy Brouwer scored 32 seconds into overtime for the Washington Capitals, who rallied from a late two-goal deficit and beat the Florida Panthers 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Washington trailed 5-3 before Eric Fehr scored on a redirect at 14:53 of the third period. Alex Ovechkin then scored a power-play goal with 2:49 left to tie it.

"When you are feeling the pressure, it is how you respond to it well. Obviously sometimes you survive those and tonight it was certainly a tough loss."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Showing Early Fight: Washington got off to a quick start, in large part due to a Panthers penalty as Mike Ribeiro scored from the slot just 4:26 into the game. They held control of play and had the Panthers pinned in the defensive zone. That goal seemed to wake up the Cats as Florida turned the tide with great pressure on the Caps forwards and defensemen. Trailing in the shot category by a 5-1 margin, Florida would record 13 of the period's final 14 shots and it resulted in two goals for their efforts. First it was a bit of a fluke goal but when you're struggling to score, you'll take them to hopefully get you kick started. Spinning in the slot, Tomas Fleischmann threw the puck on goal and it redirected in off of Caps defenseman John Erskine. The second play was much prettier made from the hard work from the five on the ice. Dmitry Kulikov kept the puck in while Marcel Goc fended off a defenseman in the corner to find Shawn Matthias in the slot. The forward sniped home his second of the season.

2. Offense Opens Up: If you thought the offense was going in the second, then it was really flowing in the middle stanza. The two teams combined for 21 shots and four goals, three which came in less than a five minute span. Hard to keep up if you were just watching the game casually. The Caps knotted the score at two as Karl Alzner scored off a face-off 5:33 in. Then it was a pretty double redirect as Jonathan Huberdeau redirected Erik Gudbranson's point shot with Peter Mueller getting his stick on the puck first on the way to the net 3:15 later. The Capitals would tie it once again less than two minutes later (10:21 mark) as Matt Hendricks scored on a backhand from just outside the goal crease. Huberdeau would put the finishing touches for the scoing in the period with 1:34 to play as he scored while crashing the net. It was such a back-and-forth period in Sunrise.

3. Unable To Close: It looked like the Panthers would celebrate on home ice and with thanks in large part to the "Kid Line" but instead it was a heartbreaking loss as the Capitals fought back from two down to win in overtime. Drew Shore had the fans celebrating as he stuffed home his first NHL goal 6:25 into the third for the 5-3 lead. The Panthers defense was holding against the Capitals attack but Eric Fehr made it an one-goal game as he redirected Mike Green's shot past Scott Clemmensen with just 5:07 left on the clock. Then after Huberdeau was whistled for a slashing penalty, the Capitals won the draw and Alex Ovechkin blasted home a shot with four seconds gone on the call and 2:49 left to play, tying it up. Despite the tied game, the Panthers had a perfect opportunity to come out with the two points as Washington took a penalty with 1:45 to play. Florida couldn't get set up and the Capitals killed it off and scored 17 seconds later, 32 seconds into overtime, as Troy Brouwer netted his second game-winner in as many games.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@selinatooshort: What an unbelievable loss @FlaPanthers #dissapointedagain

Seriously panthers!!!!!! #nothappy @FlaPanthers

@davidbub_2: Very unPanther like in those last 10 min. 5-3 lead and all the momentum and we just collapse as a team. Not just one person. #FlaPanthers

@superkleen: Where's the D #FlaPanthers? Suck it up and give the Canadiens a nice Valentine's gift for the trip back to the tundra! Good job Huberdeau!

@Ewener: Never should have gone to OT. Poor PP. #60Minutes #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Thomas Ouillette: Serious problem when you score 5 and still lose!

Dima Faynerman: Great game by Panthers and absolutely disgusting play in the overtime. You deserve to lose, should have been more careful

Pamela Rossow: Ugh. Bring it back, boys!

Tracey Hernandez: Danm, we had the game until they got sloppy

Joey Wafer: Seeing this makes me want to poke myself in the eye. Staying positive though; don't give up, boys. next game will be better.

2. It was a great game for the kid line offensively as they each recorded two points on the night. Jonathan Huberdeau recorded the first mutliple goal game of his career while Drew Shore potted his first NHL goal and added an assist. Peter Mueller picked up the first assist on both of Huberdeau's tallies.

3. It was a tough loss as the Panthers allowed the Capitals to score three straight to win it in overtime. Florida held a two-goal advantage with almost five minutes to play but ultimately lost in overtime off of Troy Brouwer's goal.

13-1. Washington recorded five of the game's first six shots in the opening period but the rest of the period it was a reversal of fortunes as the Panthers outshot the Capitals by a 13-1 margin.

20. It was an offensive outburst as the Panthers and Capitals combined for 11 goals. 20 different skaters recorded points, and it was split down the middle perfectly with 10 skaters on each side registering on the score sheet. Washington had five of the eight skaters to record more than one point in the contest.

32. The Panthers had the advantage with a waning power play to begin overtime but it was the Capitals scoring early as Brouwer scored just 32 seconds into the session. It was the forward's third goal in two games against the Cats this season.

Mike Ribeiro
Ribeiro got the scoring started in the game and then helped set up the game-tying goal late in the third while picking up a second assist along the way. Won 62% of his draws as well.

 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, 3 Shots, 16:55 TOI
The Panthers will continue their four-game home stand with another game of looking for revenge. Thursday night, they'll look to give a little payback to the Montreal Canadiens who earned a 4-1 victory on Jan. 22 at the Bell Centre. There, defenseman Andrei Markov was the hero as he posted two power play goals. Montreal has gotten off to a much better start to this season, posting a 7-4-1 record. Tomas Plekanec (6-5-11) and Markov (4-6-10) lead the way offensively for the Habs while Carey Price has been solid in goal with a 7-3-0 record and a 2.27 goals against average.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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