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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 7, Panthers 1

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 10:20 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 7, Panthers 1
Thu
3/07/2013
1-7
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..

FULL RECAP
 
"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 | FloridaPanthers.com

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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