Florida
Panthers
37-34-11
Washington
Capitals
29-41-12

34 SOG
55 SOG
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FLA
WSH
game recap

Panthers 3, Capitals 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 3, Capitals 2
Florida Panthers 3, Washington Capitals 2

WASHINGTON (AP) - Roberto Luongo made sure the Washington Capitals didn't have much to show for their franchise-record 55 shots.

Luongo made a season-high 53 saves to help the Florida Panthers end a 13-game road losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Sunday night.

"Once they got on a roll, they were firing it from every angle possible," Luongo said. "Luckily, there weren't that many bad bounces."

Nathan Horton, Jozef Stumpel and Rostislav Olesz scored for the Panthers, 3-13-3 on the road this season. The victory was Florida's first on the road since an overtime win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 25.

Luongo made his biggest save with 6 minutes left, stopping rookie star Alexander Ovechkin on a breakaway.

"Thank you very much, Looie," Olesz said. "He was unbelievable."

Chris Clark and Brian Sutherby scored for the Capitals, who broke the club record of 53 shots set Dec. 11, 1981, against Toronto.

"Luongo was unbelievable," Sutherby said. "When you get 55, 56 shots, you hope to win hockey games and it's frustrating. It's a game that I think we should have won. Cap off to him, he played well."

Clark opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 9:48 of the first period, and Horton tied it 1:16 later with a power-play goal.

Stumpel gave Florida the lead with a power-play goal with 3:08 left in the second period. Olesz made it 3-1 at 4:18 of the third period, when he deflected a high shot by Mike Van Ryn. The officials reviewed the goal but ruled Olesz's stick was not too high.

Sutherby completed the scoring with 4:56 remaining, but the Capitals got off only one more shot the rest of the game.

Florida was 2-for-4 on the power play, and Washington failed to score in six chances - including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:48 of the second period.

Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves for Washington.

Florida's Chris Gratton and Washington's Matt Bradley fought twice.

Notes: Eric Fehr, Washington's first-round pick in 2003, made his NHL debut. He was promoted from Hershey of the American Hockey League before the game and then sent back to the minor league team after the game. The forward has 13 goals and 15 assists in 29 games this season for Hershey. ... Washington has three short-handed goals in its last four games and seven this season. ... Horton has nine goals in his last 10 games. ... The combined 89 shots were a Florida record.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:48
WSH
SHG - Chris Clark (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Pettinger (5), Shaone Morrisonn (6)
1 - 0 WSH
11:04
FLA
PPG - Nathan Horton (16) Tip-in - ASST: Mike Van Ryn (14), Lukas Krajicek (10)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
16:52
FLA
PPG - Jozef Stumpel (2) Snap shot - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (12), Olli Jokinen (19)
2 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
04:18
FLA
Rostislav Olesz (4) Tip-in - ASST: Mike Van Ryn (15)
3 - 1 FLA
15:04
WSH
Brian Sutherby (7) Slapshot - ASST: Ben Clymer (2)
3 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
00:41
FLA
Gary Roberts  Roughing against  Brian Sutherby
00:41
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Boarding against  Gary Roberts
02:18
FLA
Steve Montador  Holding against  Matt Pettinger
02:45
WSH
Bryan Muir  Hi-sticking
09:10
WSH
Eric Fehr  Tripping
17:13
WSH
Andrew Cassels  Hooking
18:18
FLA
Martin Gelinas  Holding the stick
2nd Period
00:28
FLA
Serge Payer  Tripping against  Jeff Halpern
04:46
WSH
Ivan Majesky  Roughing against  Chris Gratton
04:46
FLA
Chris Gratton  Roughing against  Ivan Majesky
06:58
FLA
Chris Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
06:58
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Gratton
08:23
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Holding against  Chris Clark
08:36
FLA
Juraj Kolnik  Tripping
15:21
WSH
Ivan Majesky  Interference against  Chris Gratton
17:21
FLA
Rostislav Olesz  Hooking against  Brian Sutherby
3rd Period
16:56
FLA
Chris Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
16:56
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Gratton
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 55TOI: 60:00
Saves: 53EV: 40 - 41
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .964SH: 0 - 1
Olie Kolzig
SA: 34TOI: 59:04
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .912SH: 1 - 1