|FLA||1||2||0||0||1 (2 - 3)||4|
|WSH||2||0||1||0||0 (1 - 3)||3|
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks to Roberto Luongo, the Florida Panthers ended a grueling road swing with five points and a break-even record.
Luongo made two shootout saves, Nathan Horton and Joe Nieuwendyk scored shootout goals and the Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday.
``It was a must-win for us, obviously,'' said Panthers center Olli Jokinen, who scored twice. ``I guess we have to be satisfied - we played .500. But at this point in the year, it's not going to be enough for us.''
Sean Hill added a goal in regulation for the Panthers, who ended a season-long five-game road trip with a 2-2-1 record. Horton and Nieuwendyk added two assists apiece.
Dainius Zubrus had two goals and Jamie Heward also scored for Washington, which squandered a 2-0 lead and has dropped four straight. Alex Ovechkin had two assists.
``We had a jump at the beginning of the game,'' Zubrus said. ``We were playing well and then, just like a couple of games ago, we got into trouble with penalties. Seems like a broken record.''
Horton and Nieuwendyk both scored by putting the puck between Olaf Kolzig's pads after Kolzig had blocked the first shootout attempt by Jokinen. Brooks Laich scored a shootout goal for the Capitals, but Luongo made a kick save at the left post on Ovechkin and batted away Brian Willsie's shot with his left hand.
Ovechkin was 5-for-7 on shootout attempts before being denied by Luongo's sprawling stop.
``That's my job - make saves and try to keep my team in it. I was trying to wait (Ovechkin) out,'' said Luongo, who made 29 saves in regulation and four more in overtime. ``I just hoped I could get a piece of it.''
Florida won its second game at MCI Center this season, snapping a three-game losing streak. Against the rest of the NHL, the Panthers are 3-16-4 on the road. The Panthers have also won five straight overall against Washington.
``We just got lucky in here a couple of times,'' Horton said. ``We worked hard, we battled and we got points.''
Heward's slap shot from the right point gave Washington a 1-0 lead 19 seconds into the game, and Zubrus got his 100th career goal on a power play to make it 2-0 at 3:57.
Zubrus dashed to the right post to put in a cross-crease pass from Matt Pettinger, giving the Capitals a power-play goal in nine straight games, a season high.
Hill's wrister from the top of the right circle at 17:25 cut the lead in half.
Florida, which failed on a 1:04 two-man advantage in the opening period, got goals from Jokinen on successive power-play opportunities 50 seconds apart midway through the second.
A holding penalty on Steve Eminger set up Jokinen's 19th goal of the season at 10:16. Jokinen fired a shot past a screened Kolzig from the right point to tie it.
Laich went off for high-sticking 12 seconds later and Jokinen put the Panthers ahead at 11:06, sweeping in a cross-ice feed by Nieuwendyk from low in the left circle.
Zubrus' man-up goal tied it with 7:17 left in regulation. Zubrus scored from the right circle, one-timing a pass from Bryan Muir.
Notes: Jokinen had not scored a goal in five games, matching his longest drought of the season. ... Zubrus has a point in five straight games, a career high. ... Ovechkin has assisted on all six of Heward's goals. ... Florida scratched C Stephen Weiss (wrist) for a fourth consecutive game, while Capitals C Jeff Halpern (groin) missed his third straight game.
|Jamie Heward (6) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (23), Chris Clark (7)|
1 - 0 WSH
|PPG - Dainius Zubrus (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Pettinger (8), Alex Ovechkin (24)|
2 - 0 WSH
|Sean Hill (2) Slapshot - ASST: Nathan Horton (10), Gary Roberts (16)|
2 - 1 WSH
|PPG - Olli Jokinen (19) Slapshot - ASST: Nathan Horton (11), Joe Nieuwendyk (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Olli Jokinen (20) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (10), Jay Bouwmeester (16)|
3 - 2 FLA
|PPG - Dainius Zubrus (10) Slapshot - ASST: Bryan Muir (9), Mathieu Biron (7)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Olli Jokinen - Save|
|Brooks Laich - Goal|
|Nathan Horton - Goal|
|Alex Ovechkin - Save|
|Joe Nieuwendyk - Goal|
|Brian Willsie - Save|
|1||O. Jokinen||B. Laich||0 - 1|
|2||N. Horton||A. Ovechkin||1 - 1|
|3||J. Nieuwendyk||B. Willsie||2 - 1|
|Olli Jokinen Hooking|
|Steve Montador Fighting (maj) against Matt Bradley|
|Matt Bradley Fighting (maj) against Steve Montador|
|Rob Globke Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Jamie Heward Hooking|
|Steve Eminger Interference against Juraj Kolnik|
|Gary Roberts Roughing against Jamie Heward|
|Mike Van Ryn Interference against Brooks Laich|
|Steve Eminger Holding against Martin Gelinas|
|Brooks Laich Hi-sticking against Mike Van Ryn|
|Brendan Witt Roughing|
|Jay Bouwmeester Hooking against Brian Willsie|
|Alex Ovechkin Too many men/ice - bench|
|Rob Globke Holding against Brian Willsie|
|Rob Globke Hooking against Brian Sutherby|
|Dainius Zubrus Hooking against Mike Van Ryn|
|Nathan Horton Hooking against Jamie Heward|
|Nathan Horton Roughing against Brian Sutherby|
|SA: 36||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 33||EV: 23 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 12|
|SV%: .917||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 42||TOI: 64:54|
|Saves: 39||EV: 24 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 11 - 13|
|SV%: .929||SH: 4 - 4|