|WSH||1||1||2||(0 - 0)||4|
|FLA||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
Meanwhile, the Capitals didn’t miss on their chances. Tyler Sloan put the Caps in front 1-0 at 4:53 of the first period on a shot from between the faceoff circles and then Brendan Morrison scored the first of his two goals at 10:46 of the second period.
The game turned from bad to worse for the Panthers in the third period when Michal Repik was whistled for a suspect roughing call at 5:16. That led to a power play goal by Brian Pothier.
After Horton made it 3-1 on the power play five minutes later, Shaone Morrison took a five-minute power play and game misconduct at 11:42 for boarding McArdle. It could have been a game-changer. Instead, the Panthers flubbed and floundered and never could set up in the Capitals zone or get a shot on Theodore. Even thought the pulling goalie Tomas Vokoun during the power play for an extra attacker was taken from DeBoer’s plan because “it’s tough to pull the goaltender when your in your own end of the ice.”
“We didn’t get set up…that shouldn’t happen,” Stillman said.
“We have to be better,” Michael Frolik said. “We’re losing 3-1, have a five minute power play, and almost didn’t do anything. We’ve got to battle for the pucks. We (dumped) it in and they always have the pucks first and clean it out.”
DeBoer wondered for a moment what might have happened if the Panthers had scored on one of their earlier chances. “But the story of the game through 60 minutes is they won all the tough battles,” he said. “Even if we got one early, we can say that might have changed things but they were the hungrier team.”
The Panthers have 24 hours to learn from their mistake before playing the second of this home-and-home series Saturday against the Capitals at the Verizon Center.
“They’re a big strong team and we have to come prepared to get in the trenches with them,” he said. “We weren’t tonight.”
Vokoun’s shutout streak ended at 1:46.56, third longest in Panther history…DeBoer said he wouldn’t decide until Saturday whether he would play Vokoun or Scott Clemmensen in goal…Keith Ballard saved a goal in the first period by swiping the puck away from the goal line after it trickled behind Vokoun. Sloan did the same for Theodore in the third period…The Capitals Brian Pothier had three points on the night. He entered the game with one point in his previous 13 games…Best check of the night was Kulikov on Brooks Laich…Defenseman Bryan McCabe was honored before the game for playing his 1,000th game…Kamil Kreps sat out Friday’s game with a bruised foot so the Panthers called Repik up from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester… Radek Dvorak (knee) continued skating Friday and said he hopes to be back next week…Dominic Moore (nasal surgery) also skated Friday morning…Olesz had six shots…McCabe led all Panther skaters with 23:24 of ice time…Pothier led all skaters with 25:20…David Steckel won nine of 11 faceoffs…Gregory Campbell had six hits…Ovechkin, who traveled with the Capitals, is not expected to start this evening in Washington...
|Tyler Sloan (2) ASST: Chris Clark (4), Brian Pothier (2)|
1 - 0 WSH
|Brendan Morrison (5) ASST: Brooks Laich (10), Brian Pothier (3)|
2 - 0 WSH
|PPG - Brian Pothier (1) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (15), Tomas Fleischmann (2)|
3 - 0 WSH
|PPG - Nathan Horton (4) ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (5), Cory Stillman (6)|
3 - 1 WSH
|EN - Brendan Morrison (6) ASST: Mike Knuble (7)|
4 - 1 WSH
|Keith Ballard Tripping against Nicklas Backstrom|
|Michal Repik Roughing against Shaone Morrisonn|
|Brendan Morrison Interference against Victor Oreskovich|
|Shaone Morrisonn Boarding against Kenndal McArdle|
|Shaone Morrisonn Game misconduct against Kenndal McArdle|