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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Capitals 2 (SO)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 2 0 0 2
Capitals 0 2 0 0 2
FLA - D. Olsen (3), A. Barkov (5)
WSH - N. Backstrom (8), PPG - J. Ward (10)

SUNRISE, FL —  ( - It took a 10-round shootout, but the Florida Panthers finally beat the Washington Capitals.

Tomas Kopecky scored with a wrist shot just under the crossbar in the second half of the 10th round of the shootout and the Panthers snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Capitals with a 3-2 victory at BB&T Center on Friday night.

"Obviously it feels good, especially to win the game and get that extra point. We need every point right now and it was just something for the guys. The guys got a good laugh out of it and that's what it's all about. Have fun and work hard."

- Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky on scoring the game-winning goal in the 10th round and celebration afterwards.
1. Olsen's Streak: It was a scoreless first period despite the Panthers outshooting the Capitals 16-7 and a goal waved off early in the game for Washington. In the second, the scoring started thanks to blueliner Dylan Olsen. Known more for being sound defensively, Olsen has created offense since coming over in a trade from Chicago. The big blueliner scored on the rush to put the Cats on the board 2:13 in with his third of the season. What's more impressive is it has run his point streak to five games. Since scoring his first NHL goal on Nov. 5, Olsen has picked up six points (3-3-6) in the last five games.

2. Goals In Bunches: The final five minutes of play saw three goals and a huge check and fight. Defenseman Erik Gudbranson sent the crowd to their feet with a huge check on Eric Fehr and led to the fight of Gudbranson and Capitals forward Troy Brouwer. Gudbranson was called for a match penalty in targeting the head and with four-on-four play, the Capitals took advantage, tying the game 18 seconds later with Nicklas Backstrom tying the game. Aleksander Barkov gave the Cats the lead once again on a turnover with 2:04 to play but the lead didn't make it to the intermission as Joel Ward scored on the power play with 30 seconds left. It had to go to video replay the puck just passed the goal line.

3. 10th Heaven: The goals dried up in the third and this game would be decided in the shootout for the second straight game. Washington jumped out to an early lead as Eric Fehr scored in the first round and Barkov was denied on his attempt. Jonathan Huberdeau tied it in the second round after Scott Clemmensen denied Alex Ovechkin. Backstrom and Brad Boyes traded goals in the third round and Mikhail Grabovski and Nick Bjugstad did the same in the fourth round and then it was the goalies turn to deny the shooters, sending the game to the 10th round. There, Clemmensen stopped Jason Chimera and Tomas Kopecky played the role of the winner as his top shelf beat Philipp Grubauer. The Cats have gotten on a role thanks lately, winning four of their last five.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@miami_marIins: Best @FlaPanthers game 10 round Shootout + Gubranson's fight and Vanbiesbrouck Bobbleheads YES

@LiaGroulx: That was an amazing game! Great job Kopecky, you brought home the WIN!!!!! Panthers all the way :D @FlaPanthers @kopy82 #FlaPanthers #RED

@JimHardiman: Even better, the @FlaPanthers deserved the win. High effort level all over the ice.

@J0sh_K0ebel: @FlaPanthers WIN!!!! Best shoot out ever!!!

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Joe Fiore: This is the Panthers team we've been wanting to see this season.

Robert W Moore: A great game and a heck of a shoot out.

Jeffrey Hernandez: Amazing win! Watched the game from a restaurant in suburban New Jersey and went nuts when we scored, but got home just in time for OT. Helluva show tonight. GO CATS GO from South Jersey!

Sebastian Lovas: Great win. Clemmer did well in the shootout!

1. It took a while for goaltender Scott Clemmensen to record his first win, but the netminder finally picked up win number one after stopping 23 shots in regulation and overtime and seven more in the shootout.

5. A couple of fives Friday night. Getting the Cats on the board, Dylan Oslen stretched his point streak to five games (3-3-6). Forward Aleksander Barkov gave the Panthers a lead once again with his fifth of the season.

10. The Panthers and Capitals finished one round short of Florida's longest shootout in franchise history. The 11 rounds was also against the Capitals, coming back on Nov. 28, 2007. Florida also had a 10-round shootout at the NY Islanders on Oct. 28, 2006.

32. The Panthers and Capitals combined for 38 penalty minutes in the game. 32 came on one play with Erik Gudbranson (15 minutes) and Troy Brouwer (17 minutes) picking up the minutes with 3:44 to play.

41. Florida dictated play for most of the game, outshooting Washington 41-25 in the game. A large chunk of that came in the opening two periods were Florida posted 16 in the first and another 13 in the second.

Scott Clemmensen
Came up big, especially in the shootout after allowing goals on three of Washington's first four shots, stopping six straight to pick up his first win of the season.

25 Shots, 23 Saves, .920 SV%
The Cats now hit the road for a four-game Canadian road trip that will see them in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg. First up, Montreal on Sunday where. Montreal will play on Long Island Saturday, facing the Islanders before hosting Florida Sunday. The Canadiens currently sit second in the Atlantic and third in the Eastern Conference with 41 points (19-11-3) in 33 games. They're led offensively by defenseman PK Subban (24 points in 33 games) and Tomas Plekanec (22 points in 33 games). Goaltender Carey Price is 14-10-2 in 26 games while posting a 2.08 GAA and .933 SV% between the pipes. 

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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