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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 7, Panthers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 1 0 1
Capitals 4 1 2 0 7
FLA - J. Skille (3)
WSH - J. Erskine (3), W. Wolski (4), J. Carlson (4), M. Ribeiro (9), PP - A. Ovechkin (9), PP - E. Fehr (6), M. Perreault (3)

WASHINGTON, DC — What a way to start: four goals in eight shots.

John Erskine, Wojtek Wolski, John Carlson and Mike Ribeiro all scored before the game was 8 1/2 minutes old, and the Washington Capitals climbed out of a tie for last in the Eastern Conference by beating the Florida Panthers 7-1 Thursday night..

"I think they smell blood when we come in here and they can get a couple early. We can talk about pushback, but we got spanked 7-1. It's unacceptable."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Quick Change: By the way the Panthers opened up the game buzzing in the Capitals zone in the opening minute and putting four shots on net in that time frame, it looked like it wouldn't be long before the Cats would get on the board. Instead it was the hosts jumping all over the visitors thanks to what should have been two easy saves. Making his second straight start, Jacob Markstrom was chased after giving up two goals in the opening 3:10 of the game off the only two shots he saw. The first was should have been a routine save. Caps defenseman John Erskine fired a wrist shot on Markstrom after crossing the Panthers blueline and the innocent shot handcuffed the goalie and found the back of the net 1:58 into the contest. Then it would be the end of Markstrom 1:12 later as Wojtek Wolski worked his way out from behind the net and beat the goaltender with a shot far side.

2. No Better Results: Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen decided to pull Markstrom in favor of Clemmensen but the netminder didn't have a better go at it as he allowed two goals in the first five minutes of his time between the pipes. First, it was John Erskine scoring on an unscreened shot from the slot 5:38 into the contest. The Capitals fourth goal, 8:10 in, was a bang-bang play as the captain Alex Ovechkin, behind the net, set up Mike Ribeiro for the goal. Florida would play a much better end of the first and in the second, in fact outshooting the Capitals by a 12-4 margin in the second twenty minutes but Braden Holtby stopped them all and a five-minute major to Tyson Strachan (ejected from the game for interference on Jason Chimera) and Ovechkin made it a five goal advantage 20 seconds into the major.

3. Verizon House Of Horrors: Eric Fehr made it a 6-0 advantage with a power play goal 4:08 into the third and the Panthers would finally end the shutout bid for Holtby with 9:11 to play as Jack Skille scored top shelf but obviously it wouldn't be any where close. Washington looked to score a seventh a little after Skille's tally but Matt Hendricks kicked the puck in past Clemmensen. They did record it in the end as Mathieu Perreault scored with 59 seconds remianing. For Florida visiting the nation's capital has not been pretty. The Panthers have dropped their last seven straight at the Verizon Center and most of the scores haven't been pretty. They've been outscored 31-7 over that span, including 12-1 this season.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@nathalieice: Ok boys shake this off. Play hard at home tomorrow and give us a win! @FlaPanthers

@JGLUCK777: The @FlaPanthers cause me heartburn #CapsCats

@lewis_neill: #FlaPanthers, that was God awful, #stepitup

@Nick_Steffens: Just when I was feeling optimistic about the @FlaPanthers. But these things happen with youth movements... have to carry on.

@LauraByTheSea48: what a shame ... Shame shame shame !

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Luis A. Navarro: Whats going on with u Panthers???

Jeremy Doyle: so depressing

Billy Organ: Quite the defensive struggle.

Christy Jeyes: OMG ... That's terrible ... They errrr get their act together before tomorrow. What a terrible team this year.

Alexis Engelhardt: how can a team play such great hockey on Tuesday and then such terrible hockey on thursday?

2. The Capitals scored on their first two shots of the game, the 1:58 and 3:10 mark, chasing Panthers starting goaltender Jacob Markstrom. It was the first time that Markstrom was pulled in his NHL career.

5. The Jack Skille earned the Panthers lone goal on the night. He had an effective night, finishing tied for the team lead in shots at five along with center Marcel Goc.

7. The seven goals that the Capitals scored was tied for the most given up by the Panthers this season. It was an identical 7-1 final on Jan. 26 in Sunrise against the Flyers.

11. The Panthers were credited with 11 blocked shots on the night. That was half of what the Capitals finished with. Only defenseman Filip Kuba had more than one blocked shot (two).

490. The quick strike Capitals did just that as they scored four goals in the opening 8:10 or 490 seconds. Four different players recorded goals and Alex Ovechkin was the only player to record more than one point in that span.

Alex Ovechkin
The Capitals captain was all over the ice. He set up the game's first goal and then made a beautiful pass to set up the third goal before scoring a power play goal for the Caps fifth.

1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, +3, 4 Shots, 17:32 TOI
Florida will have to quickly forget about this one and they'll look to do it against the team they faced off against on Tuesday. It will be the second time in a week that the Panthers and Jets face off and the fourth time this season. Florida has had good success against their Southeast Division rivals, taking five out of a possible six points (2-0-1) including two victories at the BB&T Center already this season. Winnipeg also played Thursday night and rebounded from Tuesday's 4-1 defeat to the Cats with a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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