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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 3, Panthers 0

Panthers can't continue roll against familiar face as Vokoun blanks his old team.

Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 11:23 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 3, Panthers 0
 
TUE
10/18/2011
0-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Capitals 1 0 2 0 3
FLA - None
TBL - PPG - M. Johansson (3), A. Semin (2), EN - J. Chimera (4)
  
   
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Tomas Vokoun wasn't seeking revenge or trying to prove anything against his former team. His main motivation was simply to win another game for the Washington Capitals.

And that is precisely what he did.

Vokoun stopped 20 shots in his 45th NHL shutout, and the Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Tuesday night to improve to 5-0, the best start in franchise history.

FULL RECAP
 
"He had a good solid game for us. Not the way you want your debut to go, but he didn't get a heck of a lot of support."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen on Jacob Markstrom's first NHL start.
 
1. Making His Mark: After sitting on the bench for the first four games of the season, rookie netminder Jacob Markstrom finally got to make his first NHL start. While he took the loss after allowing a power play goal from a sharp angle in the first and a goal in the rush early in the third, Markstrom played the angles well all night and kept the rebound chances to a minimum in turning aside 29 shots on the night.

2. Power Outage: A night after posting a touchdown against the Lightning, the Panthers probably wished they had saved some of that output for tonight as they looked sluggish from the start and mustered just two shots in the first and 20 shots overall. That made for a relatively easy night for former Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun as he picked up the shutout.

3. Caps Played Sound Defensively: Yes the Panthers were playing the second game in two nights and so the energy might have been there but Washington did a sound job defensively, limiting the Panthers chances and swarming the Panthers puck carriers. Seems like there's a different philosophy in D.C than in the past where they were just run-and-gun.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@PatrickRattrick: Panthers tired, 20 shots never enough to solve Vokoun. Less a problem with defense, more a story of possession and momentum #FlaPanthers

@LitterBoxCats: Loss or not, G Jacob Markstrom was everything hoped for in first NHL start for #FlaPanthers vs #Caps. The difference between 2-0 and 6-0.

@andyacr: The #FlaPanthers playing the third in four nights. #CantWinThemAll

@reneeb2010: well tonight was a disappointment, its okay! We have plenty more games :) #FlaPanthers

@grueknowwho: Disappointing after last night, but definitely a lot of positives for us to work from. I'm still excited for the #FlaPanthers.
 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Adam Hernandez: Damn tough game but there are silver linings in all things and from what I saw Marky is an outstanding goalie his awareness in the net is on point though the cats did seem tired all in all though GO CATS GO!!!!

Geoff Howland: Panthers just look tired to me after last nights game and not getting to Washington untii 2am.Not making excuses just sayin!

Thomas Ouillette: Disappointed with the loss but not unexpected. Liked Markstrom's debut. 3-2 with only one home game. Not too bad.
 

2. No matter what the reason was, the Panthers could only muster two shots on net in the first period of play against the Capitals.

3. Putting up a season-low 20 shots on the night, the Panthers were led by a defenseman in that category. Blueliner Ed Jovanovski registered a team high three shots on net.

5.
It was the fifth straight game that defenseman Brian Campbell led the Panthers in time on ice. The blueliner finished with a game-high 28:01. In fact, Campbell was the only Cats blueliner to top the 20 minute mark. Forwards Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann were over the 20 minute mark.

8. The Capitals had a balanced attack as eight different players registered a point in the 3-0 victory. Only winger Alexander Semin (goal, assist) was able to get on the scoresheet more than once..

10. It was a relatively whistle free game as both teams combined for five minors for just 10 minutes. Washington converted on their only power play of the night while Florida were unable to find the net on their two chances. The other four minutes came in matching roughing penalties to Jack Skille and Matt Hendricks in the second period.
 
Tomas Vokoun
It definitely hurts to say but the star has to go to former Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun. While only tested 20 times, he did turn them all away to earn his fourth victory on the season.

20 Shots, 20 Saves, 1.000 SV%
 
 
Florida travels back to South Florida for two games at the BankAtlantic Center. Their first meeting in front of the home crowd comes against Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres who are 4-1 in their first five games. Miller made 40 saves in a 3-1 victory in Montreal Tuesday night.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
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