Capitals Rally to Chase the Cats, 4-2

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The Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night at Verizon Center. The Capitals next host Joel Ward and the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Puck-drop is 7:00 PM.


Roberto Luongo got the start in goal for the Florida Panthers. Braden Holtby got the start for the Capitals.

Daniel Winnik returned to the lineup after being scratched in the last four games. Brett Connolly and Taylor Chorney were the healthy scratches for this one. Chorney has yet to appear in a game this season.

Coming into the game, Marcus Johansson led the Caps in points (11) and was tied with Alex Ovechkin for most goals (6).

A fairly even start to this one, with the Caps and Cats exchanging early scoring chances. Shots on goal were two a piece though five minutes of play. The Panthers would be the first to light the lamp when Jared McCann deflected in a close-ranger at the 5:17 mark of the opening frame.


This was just the second time this season the Caps didn’t scored first in a game. The first period would end with the Panthers leading the Capitals 1-0. The Panthers outshot the Capitals 10-6. This was the first time the Capitals trailed after one period of play this season.

The Capitals stepped up the offensive zone pressure in the second period. The Caps would finally tie the game midway through the middle frame on a close-range wrister by TJ Oshie at the 10:40 mark of the second period.

The second period would end with the game tied at 1-1. The Capitals outshot the Panthers 18-4 for the middle frame.

The Panthers would regain the lead on a power play goal by Reilly Smith, just 2:32 into the final frame.


Alex Ovechkin would tie the game at 2-2 on a deflected shot from Brooks Orpik at the 8:42 mark of the final frame.

TJ Oshie would grab the Capitals their first lead of the night on a break away wrister at the 10:58 mark of the third period.

Lars Eller would stretch the Capitals lead to 4-2 at the 13:27 mark of the final frame.

The Capitals would hang on for their fifth straight win, downing the Panthers 4-2.




By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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