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Capitals 7, Panthers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 7, Panthers 3
Washington Capitals 7, Florida Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -With Alex Ovechkin out, the rest of the Washington Capitals knew they needed to step up. Against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, the Capitals proved they could.

Brooks Laich scored twice and five other Washington players had goals to lift the short-handed Capitals to a 7-3 win over the Panthers.

Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr, Brendan Morrison, Jason Chimera and Alexander Semin each scored for the Capitals, who beat Florida for the sixth consecutive time to sweep the season series.

The Capitals were playing without Ovechkin, suspended two games for a hit on Chicago's Brian Campbell. It was the fourth time that Ovechkin has been sidelined for a game against Florida this season. He missed a home-and-home series in November because of an upper-body injury and was suspended when the Capitals faced Florida on Dec. 3.

"It's nice that everyone contributes when (Ovechkin's) not in there," Chimera said. "That's important down the stretch in case someone big like that goes out. It's nice to know we can score goals without him."

Ovechkin will also miss Thursday's game at Carolina.

Steven Reinprecht and Kamil Kreps got goals for the Panthers. Michal Repik also added a late Florida goal with 1:33 left in the game.

Jose Theodore stopped 34 shots for the Capitals, while Florida's Tomas Vokoun made 16 saves before he was replaced in the second period. Scott Clemmensen finished the game in goal for the Panthers, stopping 16 shots.

"We talked about it before the game, just try to get pucks to the net and work these guys down low," Morrison said. "Vokoun will probably tell you he didn't play his best game. We did a good job getting in front."

Laich made it 7-2 when he scored at 12:25 in the third period. He chased Vokoun with his power-play goal at 14:06 in the second period, but Kreps scored just 22 seconds later to make it 5-2.

The Capitals answered 90 seconds after Kreps' goal, when Backstrom scored at 15:58 in the second to stretch Washington's lead to 6-2.

Morrison gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead early in the second, when he scored 49 seconds into the period. Washington pushed it to 4-1 at 10:30 of the second on Fehr's goal as he took a pass from Morrison and put the puck past Vokoun for his 19th goal of the season.

The Capitals went up 2-0 on Chimera's goal at 15:32 in the first. Vokoun stopped the initial shot, but Chimera came charging toward the net and put in the rebound.

Florida responded with Reinprecht's goal at 18:19 in the first. Reinprecht scored with a shot from the left circle that beat Theodore on his glove side to make it 2-1.

Semin opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:46 in the first period. Positioned near the left side of the crease, Semin tipped in the puck to put the Capitals up 1-0. It was his 32nd goal of the season.

"I thought we were pretty dominant tonight from start to finish," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It goes to show that when your best player gets down that the guys are rallying around him. It's almost like we're showing you that he didn't deserve to be suspended but we'll carry on anyway."

NOTES: Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said RW Nathan Horton (fractured tibia) might return this week. Horton has resumed skating with the team. ... Florida was opening a four-game homestand Tuesday night. The Panthers will face Phoenix, Buffalo and Tampa Bay in Sunrise before starting their next road trip.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:46
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (32) Tip-in - ASST: Brooks Laich (30), Nicklas Backstrom (56)
1 - 0 WSH
15:32
WSH
Jason Chimera (14) Tip-in - ASST: Brendan Morrison (26), Shaone Morrisonn (10)
2 - 0 WSH
18:19
FLA
Steve Reinprecht (15) Snap shot - ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (12)
2 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
00:49
WSH
Brendan Morrison (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Shaone Morrisonn (11), John Carlson (4)
3 - 1 WSH
10:30
WSH
Eric Fehr (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Morrison (27)
4 - 1 WSH
14:06
WSH
PPG - Brooks Laich (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (11), Mike Green (53)
5 - 1 WSH
14:28
FLA
Kamil Kreps (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Gregory Campbell (13), Radek Dvorak (15)
5 - 2 WSH
15:58
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom (29) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Knuble (21), Tyler Sloan (3)
6 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
12:25
WSH
Brooks Laich (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Semin (38), Eric Belanger (24)
7 - 2 WSH
18:27
FLA
Michal Repik (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Gregory Campbell (14), Kamil Kreps (8)
7 - 3 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
02:49
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Slashing against  Michal Repik
04:52
FLA
Shawn Matthias  Tripping against  Boyd Gordon
13:02
FLA
Nick Tarnasky  Holding against  Brooks Laich
19:12
FLA
Bryan Allen  Delay of game
19:15
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Holding the stick against  Stephen Weiss
2nd Period
04:40
WSH
Mike Green  Kneeing against  Bryan Allen
13:31
FLA
Cory Stillman  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
16:20
FLA
Cory Stillman  Roughing against  Alexander Semin
16:20
WSH
Alexander Semin  Roughing against  Cory Stillman
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 37TOI: 59:37
Saves: 34EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .919SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
23-23-10
SA: 21TOI: 34:06
Saves: 16EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .762SH: 0 - 0
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 18TOI: 25:54
Saves: 16EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
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