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Panthers Knock Off Capitals

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

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Panthers Knock Off Capitals
Florida Panthers 5, Washington Capitals 3

WASHINGTON (AP) -The Florida Panthers' luck finally changed for the better.

Florida was credited with a pair of goals that deflected in off Washington players and the Panthers earned their second straight victory by beating the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Radek Dvorak, Ville Peltonen and Gregory Campbell each had a goal and an assist in the win.

The Panthers were ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference in goals coming in and then got help from those fortunate bounces. They took the lead for good with three second-period goals, two of which went in after hitting Capitals players.

"We got some bounces around the net that we haven't been getting," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "Our guys worked hard for it."

Ville Peltonen had tied it at 6:19, and Florida went ahead 2-1 when Washington's David Steckel's pass hit teammate Karl Alzner's skate in front and went between Jose Theodore's pads for a power-play goal. No Panthers player was within about 25 feet of either Steckel or Alzner, and Jay Bouwmeester was credited with the goal.

Florida made it 3-1 when Bryan McCabe's shot deflected off Washington's Boyd Gordon and Shaone Morrisonn and in with 7:51 left in the second period for another power-play goal.

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That made up for the unlucky bounce in the first period when Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice pass hit Bouwmeester's skate and flew past goalie Craig Anderson to give Washington an early 1-0 lead. Florida took command in the second period.

"We put in a lot of work tonight and had success," Bouwmeester said. "They've got some guys with a lot of skill."

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't happy with his team's effort as the Capitals seemed flat until they scored a pair of late goals when Florida was up 4-1.

"It was the least energy we've had all year, and I talked about us having a lot of energy tonight," Boudreau said. "We didn't play with a lot of life, and everybody's accountable."

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for Washington, but he agreed with his coach.

"We did a terrible job," Backstrom said. "We have to be ready to play from the beginning, and that's what we didn't do."

Dvorak added an insurance tally early in the third to make it 4-1. Washington rallied with late goals from Viktor Kozlov and Tomas Fleischmann, but Campbell's empty-netter with one minute left clinched it. Anderson, who has the best save percentage in the NHL, stopped 23 shots and earned his second straight win.

Washington lost in regulation at home for the first time this season (9-1-1). The Capitals were 15-0-1 in their past 16 games in the nation's capital. San Jose is the only remaining NHL team that is perfect at home this season in regulation.

The Capitals are still struggling with injuries as seven players from their opening night roster sat out.

Florida, which entered with the league's 27th ranked power-play unit, went 2-for-4.

Notes: Sami Lepisto got an assist on Backstrom's goal, his third point in four games this season. ... Washington LW Alex Ovechkin (one assist) was chosen as the NHL's first star of the month for November - the fourth Capitals player to earn that honor this season. ... The Capitals recalled LW Graham Mink from Hershey (AHL). ... Dvorak is the only current Panthers player who was on the Florida club that reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1996.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Nicklas Backstrom (6) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (6), Sami Lepisto (3)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
Ville Peltonen (4) ASST: Radek Dvorak (7)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Jay Bouwmeester (3) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 FLA
PPG - Bryan McCabe (4) ASST: Brett McLean (6), Michael Frolik (3)
3 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
Radek Dvorak (3) ASST: Gregory Campbell (5), Ville Peltonen (5)
4 - 1 FLA
Viktor Kozlov (4) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (17), Shaone Morrisonn (2)
4 - 2 FLA
PPG - Tomas Fleischmann (10) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (18), Viktor Kozlov (9)
4 - 3 FLA
EN - Gregory Campbell (5) ASST: Karlis Skrastins (4)
5 - 3 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
Michael Frolik  Hooking against  Tomas Fleischmann
Brett McLean  Tripping against  Donald Brashear
Milan Jurcina  Interference against  Michael Frolik
2nd Period
Alex Ovechkin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
Eric Fehr  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
Jay Bouwmeester  Interference against  Michael Nylander
Michael Nylander  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
Ville Peltonen  Tripping against  Sami Lepisto
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 26TOI: 59:48
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 21TOI: 59:38
Saves: 17EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0