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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 5, Panthers 4

Cats come back from two down on two different occasions but fall short to Caps.

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 10:53 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Capitals 5, Panthers 4
Thu
2/27/2014
4-5
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 2 0 4
Capitals 2 2 1 0 5
FLA - T. Fleischmann (6), B. Boyes (16), PP - D. Shore (5), B. Boyes (17)
CAR - PP - T. Brouwer (15), B. Laich (6), N. Backstrom (3:44), PP - T. Bouwer (16), A. Ovechkin (41)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - Alex Ovechkin wouldn't let the Washington Capitals lose.

The Capitals failed to hold a pair of two-goal leads, but Ovechkin broke a tie by scoring his NHL-leading 41st goal with 4:17 left in regulation to give Washington a 5-4 victory against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

FULL RECAP
 
"We've been able to come back in the past this season, come back in the third. But we talk about a 60-minute game. The resilience is there, but we give teams opportunities. We give them a lot. We gave up power plays, turnovers. If we cut those out, we're better off."

- Panthers forward Brad Boyes.
 
1. Slow Start: Three weeks off due to the Olympic break and the Panthers showed some rust of the time off as the Capitals got off to a great start. Washington struck twice within a two and a half minute span early in the first to put the Panthers behind the eight ball. Troy Brouwer pounced on a rebound 5:48 in off the power play and then Brooks Laich scored on a laser of a shot off the feed from Alex Ovechkin on a Capitals 2-on-1 breakout at the 8:10 mark. Definitely not the way to get things rolling to begin the final stretch of the 2013-14 season.

2. Coming Back: The Panthers fought back valiently after trailing by two on two different occasions and it was the veterans leading the charge. Jesse Winchester and Tomas Fleischmann scored on a rush of their own with Winchester fending off a defender to set up Flash in the slot with 4:33 remaining. The Killer B's then struck 40 seconds into the second as Brad Boyes scored on the rebound with Sean Bergenheim setting up his line mate. In the third it was Young Gun Drew Shore drawing the Cats to within one with a power play goal and then Boyes tying the game with his second of the night. It was a pretty good night for who saw his first son and second child born on Monday.

3. Just Short: Florida certainly had the momentum going for them thanks to the two goals by Shore and Boyes 1:22 apart early in the third and kept their foot on the pedal. They had a couple of golden opportunities to take the lead thanks to two power plays midway through but the Capitals killed off both attempts and had themselves a great chance to take the lead after Mike Green stepped out of the box. The blueliner found himself on a breakaway and Tim Thomas slipped while on the rush but robbed Green of the go-ahead goal with about six minutes to play. The tie wouldn't last much longer as Alex Ovechkin scored on the rush with 4:17 remaining. The Cats got a late power play with a minute to play but couldn't find the equalizer in the first game out of the break.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@dlhbmonster: I was at the game amazing game! Awesome scores if only the panthers could have one more shoot good job guys you did a epic job @FlaPanthers

@SouthPaw303: @FlaPanthers I just tweeted @SportsCenter for Tim Thomas #SCtop10 !! Retweet it for Timmy!!!!

@kdavvv: WHAT A SAVE BY TIM THOMAS @FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Babygirlsweet LS: thats ok panthers good exciting game

Angelina Guerra: This one was a tough loss. We battled hard in the third. Oh well, on to the next!

Stephen Watts: Great game. Shame about the outcome.
 


7. Seven different skaters recorded multi point efforts thanks to the nine goals scored between the two teams.

9. 
Scoring four goals on the night, the Cats had nine different Panthers record points, including a two goal effort from Brad Boyes.

33. Forward Tomas Fleischmann netted his sixth goal of the season to get the Cats on the board in the first. 33% of his goals have come against his former team.

80. What a night for Boyes. Not only did he notch his team leading 16th and 17th goals of the season but the winger won 80% of his draws, winning four of his five on the way.

500. Picking up an assist on Shore's third period goal, captain Ed Jovanovski notched the 500th point of his NHL career.

 
Alex Ovechkin
The Washington captain had a strong game after a disappointing Olympics, setting up the second and fourth goals and netting the game winner.

1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, 4 Shots, 17:37 TOI
 
 
The Cats hit the road for three straight, including back-to-back games over the weekend in Columbus and on Long Island. Florida will look to avenge a loss earlier this month in Columbus as they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 final on Feb. 3. The Blue Jackets sit three points out of a playoff spot with 66 points (29-25-5). They're led offensively by center Ryan Johansen who has 46 points (24-22-46) in 59 games while Russian Olympian Sergei Bobrovsky has been great between the pipes with a .917 save percentage and 2.57 GAA and a 20-15-3 record.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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