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Washington
Capitals
29-41-12
Florida
Panthers
37-34-11
SO
49 SOG
48 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTsoT
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game recap

Capitals 2, Panthers 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 2, Panthers 1, SO
Washington Capitals 2, Florida Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Matt Pettinger made up for his missed penalty shot in the shootout.

Pettinger beat Jamie McLennan with a low shot in the fourth round of a shootout and Brent Johnson stopped Jozef Stumpel's attempt to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

"I pretty much knew I needed to do something different," said Pettinger, who came up empty on a penalty shot in the first period. "The five hole opened up and I put it there."

The Capitals had lost eight straight against Florida.

"It's always nice to come in and win one of the last games, and our last game against them this season," Pettinger said. "It doesn't mean too much in terms of the playoff, but it's good to win."

Dainius Zubrus scored for the Capitals in the second round of the shootout, and Florida's Olli Jokinen tied it in the third round.

Gary Roberts opened the scoring for the Panthers with his 14th goal of the season, a wrist shot made from inside the crease at 5:13 into the second period.

Joe Nieuwendyk earned his 29th assist of the season by setting up the goal. Van Ryn also was credited with an assist on the goal, his 29th of the season.

Just minutes later, rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin, only the second player in NHL history to record 50 goals and 100 points in his rookie year, pulled the Capitals even with his 51st goal of the season.

Ovechkin, tied for third with Nieuwendyk for 51 goals in a NHL rookie season, skated from just over the blue line without any Panthers defenders in sight to snap a wrist shot from the crease past McLennan at 13:07 into the period.

Ovechkin started the shootout but was unable to get the puck past McLennan.

"It's like a lottery," Ovechkin said. "Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn't."

Despite the loss, Panthers coach Jacques Martin said McLennan gave the team a chance to win.

"I thought Jamie gave us a strong game," Martin said. "It could have been anybody's game; we probably had a great opportunity to win it with less than a minute. In overtime we had another chance."

Notes: Panthers Ds Joel Kwiatkowski, Jamie Aliison and Ric Jackman and C Anthony Stewart were healthy scratches. C Rostislav Olesz also was scratched. ... Capitals D Jamie Heward was in South Florida but scratched with an upper body injury. Capitals C Brian Sutherby, who has a lower body injury, as well as D Jameson Hunt and RW Matt Stefanishion did not make the trip with the team.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:13
FLA
Gary Roberts (14) ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (29), Mike Van Ryn (29)
1 - 0 FLA
13:07
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (51) ASST: Shaone Morrisonn (13), Rico Fata (3)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDWSHFLA
1A. OvechkinN. Horton
2D. ZubrusJ. Nieuwendyk
3B. LaichO. Jokinen
4M. PettingerJ. Stumpel
penalty summary
1st Period
02:06
FLA
Lukas Krajicek  Slashing
04:11
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Interference
2nd Period
03:23
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Hooking
03:23
WSH
Rico Fata  Diving
10:35
FLA
Jon Sim  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
02:07
WSH
Nolan Yonkman  Unsportsmanlike conduct
02:07
WSH
Nolan Yonkman  Interference
02:07
FLA
Jon Sim  Unsportsmanlike conduct
06:37
FLA
Nathan Horton  Hi-sticking
10:49
WSH
Ben Clymer  Hooking
13:44
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking
19:12
WSH
Ivan Majesky  Hooking
OT Period
04:36
FLA
Gary Roberts  Hooking
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 48TOI: 64:55
Saves: 47EV: 37 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .979SH: 1 - 1
Jamie McLennan
Jamie McLennan
SA: 49TOI: 65:00
Saves: 48EV: 35 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .980SH: 0 - 0