Capitals Top Panthers, 5-4 (OT); Alex Ovechkin And Tom Wilson Each Net Two

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The Washington Capitals defeated the Florida Panthers by a score of 5-4 in overtime to extend their point-streak to 10 games (9-0-1) and their winning streak to five. The Capitals are now four points ahead of the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division, though the Islanders have two games in hand. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 32 saves in the win.

Capitals’ Lines at Panthers

Center Nic Dowd (lower-body) missed his third straight game. The Capitals made no other line changes from their 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

First Period

Forward T.J. Oshie deflected defenseman Michal Kempny’s shot in the crease to set defenseman John Carlson up for a tap-in up close with nothing but net to look at to make it 1-0 Capitals 35 seconds in.

Panthers forward Frank Vatrano tied it through the five-hole of Holtby on a breakaway after breaking loose from Capitals defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler, who blew a tire while trying to cover him in the offensive zone, 1:30 later.

Former Capitals’ forward Brett Connolly deflected defenseman Anton Stralman’s shot from the point in front of Holtby to make it 2-1 Panthers at 14:26.

The Capitals led 7-3 in hits, 6-1 in blocked shots, and went 0-for-1 on power-play in the first.

The Panthers led 11-7 in shots, 5-4 in takeaways, and had only two giveaways while the Capitals had five after one.

Each team won 50% of the draws in the opening period of play.

Second Period

Center Aleksander Barkov one-timed a shot from the slot past Holtby’s glove after getting a pass from forward Jonathan Huberdeau along the half wall to extend the Panthers’ lead to 3-1 27 seconds into the period.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov froze the entire Panthers’ penalty kill from the right dot and fed captain Alex Ovechkin at the other side. Ovechkin tapped the puck into a wide-open net with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky committed to covering one side of the net to get the Capitals within one at 6:13.

Ovechkin threw a shot from up high towards Bobrovsky and Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar deflected the puck with his skate past the five-hole of Bobrovsky to tie it off of a face off with 7:46 left.

Forward Evgenii Dadonov scored from the bumper spot on the power-play after getting a pass from Huberdeau behind the net to give the Panthers the lead back with 1:01 left.

The Capitals led 12-3 in hits, 11-5 in blocked shots, and had seven giveaways while the Panthers had nine through two. They won 51% of the draws and went 1-for-3 on the power-play in the first 40 minutes.

The Panthers led 24-17 in shots, including 13-10 in the second, and went 1-for-4 on the power-play in the first two periods.

Each team posted 11 takeaways through two.

Third Period

Forward Tom Wilson deflected in center Evgeny Kuznetsov’s pass from the wall above Bobrovsky’s blocker off of a set face off play to tie it for the Capitals 44 seconds in.

The Capitals led 13-10 in third-period shots, 16-7 in hits, 15-10 in blocked shots, and had 10 giveaways while the Panthers had 15. They went 1-for-5 on the power-play.

The Panthers led 35-30 in shots, 15-13 in takeaways, and went 1-for-4 on the power-play.

Each team won 50% of the draws.

The game would go to overtime.

Overtime

Wilson buried a cross-ice feed from Carlson at the net mouth after Holtby stoned defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the pad on a breakaway at the other end 11 seconds into overtime.

The Panthers led 36-31 in shots for the game.

The Capitals improved their league-best road record to 8-1-1.

The Capitals come home to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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5 Responses to Capitals Top Panthers, 5-4 (OT); Alex Ovechkin And Tom Wilson Each Net Two

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wilson was Tommy Two Goals today. Guess he had the Panthers’ number today.

    And milestones upon milestones for Ovechkin (and Backstrom with one, too). They’re passing some names on some All Time Lists.

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  2. Max says:

    Haven’t they broken their record for most consecutive games with a player scoring more than one goal?

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  3. Jon Sorensen says:

    Very entertaining game.

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  4. Pingback: Vegas at Washington Preview: Capitals Get Set For Saturday Night Showdown With Golden Knights | NoVa Caps

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