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Cats Win Fourth Straight Thanks To Shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Cats Win Fourth Straight Thanks To Shootout
Florida Panthers 2, Washington Capitals 1
Florida Panthers' Nathan Horton, left, and Washington Capitals' Boyd Gordon, battle for control of the puck during overtime of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, in Washington. The Panthers won, 4-3, in a shootout. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) -One thing went through Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun's mind as he traded save after save with Washington Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig in a shootout that went on and on and on Wednesday night.

"Eventually," Vokoun said, "it's going to end."

That it did. Stephen Weiss put a backhander past Kolzig in the 11th round, and Vokoun then stopped Brian Pothier's wrist shot, helping the Panthers beat the Capitals 2-1 for their season-high fourth straight victory.

"I was relieved when I stopped that shot," Vokoun said.

The shootout, which ended 4-3, was the longest in Panthers history and improved the team to 3-0 this season in a tiebreaking format Washington star Alex Ovechkin called "a lottery." The Capitals hadn't been involved in a shootout since March 15, 2007, and they went 1-11 last season.

"Coaches love them when they're winning," said Capitals interim coach Bruce Boudreau, 2-1-1 since replacing the fired Glen Hanlon last week, "and absolutely hate them when they lose."

Vokoun blocked Ovechkin's wrist shot in the second round of the shootout and also made a nice save on him with 12.1 seconds left in overtime.

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Capitals
 Panthers vs Capitals
Quote of the Game
"I don't know. I don't really have one... I think (Kolzig) was tired by then, so maybe that helped." - Panthers forward Stephen Weiss on his approach on his shootout attempt. The 11th shooter for the Panthers, Weiss had the game-winning goal.
Stat of the Game
The Panthers won the shootout after 11 rounds of shooters, their longest in the history of the franchise. The previous longest shootout period was six rounds last year when the Panthers beat the Canucks on January 7, 2007.
3 Stars
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1. Stephen Weiss
2. Olaf Kolzig
3. Tomas Vokoun

Indeed, Vokoun and his teammates managed to keep Washington scoreless for a 4-on-3 power play over the last 1:59 of overtime. Florida held Ovechkin without a point all game, ending his season-best nine-game scoring streak, including when Vokoun stopped a backhander after the Russian slipped behind the defense and came in for a 1-on-1 opportunity with under 2 minutes left in regulation.


"To be able to keep those guys - Ovechkin - off the scoreboard was a huge job, especially in the overtime," said Florida's Jacques Martin, who broke a franchise record with his 84th victory as the team's coach. "I thought in the 4-on-3, the guys did an outstanding job of blocking shots. They showed a lot of desperation."

Vokoun made 32 saves before the shootout, four more than Kolzig.

"You've got to give Vokoun credit," said Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who appeared to have Florida's goalie fooled in the shootout but sent the puck over the net. "He made some great saves."

Kolzig was nearly as good, although Weiss figured him out.

Weiss was asked what his approach was.

"I don't know. I don't really have one," he replied, before adding: "I think (Kolzig) was tired by then, so maybe that helped."

Olli Jokinen, Nathan Horton and Kamil Kreps scored Florida's other shootout goals.

Viktor Kozlov, Nicklas Backstrom, and Boyd Gordon tallied for Washington in the shootout.

Captain Chris Clark, who scored Washington's goal in the second period, and Alexander Semin weren't available for the shootout because of injuries. The Capitals wouldn't say what was wrong with Clark, while Semin aggravated a bad right ankle.

This was the teams' third meeting in two weeks - the Panthers won the first two, too, each by a goal - and they square off again Saturday in Florida.

The Capitals created two great scoring chances early in the third period, one off a shot by Dave Steckel blocked by Vokoun, the other off a shot by Mike Green that found a post, and the hosts failed to put in either rebound.

The game did not begin well for the Capitals, who were whistled for one penalty 2 minutes into the game, and another for too many men on the ice with 2 seconds left in that power play.

Florida took advantage, going up 1-0 less than 5 minutes into the game on former Capitals forward Richard Zednik's eighth goal of the season, off a rebound.

Washington tied it when Clark stole a clear attempt by defenseman Steve Montador right at the blue line and quickly shot past Vokoun with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the second period.

"The one goal they got, I thought we gave it to them," Martin said.

Notes: The Capitals honored slain Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor with a pregame moment of silence and video tribute. On the bench, Capitals backup G Brent Johnson wore a burgundy-and-white Redskins hat in Taylor's memory. ... The attendance was announced as 10,526, the Capitals' second-smallest of the season. They've won three of 12 home games.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Richard Zednik (8) ASST: Jozef Stumpel (10), Ruslan Salei (7)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
Chris Clark (5) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1V. PeltonenM. Green
2O. JokinenA. Ovechkin
3J. StumpelV. Kozlov
4N. HortonN. Backstrom
5R. OleszM. Nylander
6S. MontadorB. Laich
7R. ZednikM. Pettinger
8K. KrepsB. Gordon
9J. BouwmeesterD. Steckel
10D. BoothT. Poti
11S. WeissB. Pothier
penalty summary
1st Period
Alexander Semin  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
Chris Clark  Too many men/ice - bench
Richard Zednik  Tripping against  David Steckel
2nd Period
Donald Brashear  Holding against  Jassen Cullimore
Steve Montador  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
Garth Murray  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Garth Murray
Chris Clark  Hooking against  David Booth
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  David Steckel
3rd Period
Matt Pettinger  Tripping against  Branislav Mezei
Richard Zednik  Holding against  David Steckel
OT Period
Jassen Cullimore  Tripping against  Alex Ovechkin
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 33TOI: 64:51
Saves: 32EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .970SH: 1 - 1
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 29TOI: 64:37
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .966SH: 1 - 1