Washington 5, Florida 4

Thursday, February 27, 2014 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 28-23-2-7 17-10-2-2 11-13-0-5 W3
Florida 22-30-2-5 11-13-1-3 11-17-1-2 L3


Capitals 5, Panthers 4: Captain Alex Ovechkin rebounded from a poor showing at the Olympics by scoring his NHL-leading 41st goal with 4:17 left in the third period to snap a tie as visiting Washington skated to its ninth win in 10 meetings with Florida.

Troy Brouwer tallied twice and Brooks Laich matched Ovechkin with a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who improved to 6-2-1 following a seven-game winless skid (0-5-2). Nicklas Backstrom scored early in the second period to snap a 15-game goalless drought and also added two assists while Braden Holtby turned aside 30 shots in the victory.

Brad Boyes scored twice and former Capital Tomas Fleischmann ended a 22-game drought for the Panthers, who have dropped three in a row and six of seven. Drew Shore added a power-play tally in the loss.

After Florida overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to knot the contest at 4-4, Laich took advantage of a turnover before sliding a goal-mouth feed to Ovechkin. The reigning Hart Trophy winner made no mistake by beating Tim Thomas (27 saves) from the lower edge of the left faceoff circle.

Boyes forged a 2-2 tie just 40 seconds into the middle period by backhanding a rebound past Holtby. He added his team-leading 17th goal midway through the third to knot it at 4-4.

GAME NOTEBOOK: After sitting out Team Sweden's gold-medal game at the Olympics following a failed doping test (allergy medication), Backstrom did his best to put it behind him by scoring a goal for the first time since Jan. 10. RW Martin Erat wristed a sharp-angle shot from deep in the left corner and Backstrom cleaned up the loose puck at 3:44 of the second period for his 12th goal to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead. ...Washington D Mike Green and C Mikhail Grabovski returned to the lineup after the former sat out five games due to a concussion while the latter missed eight contests with an ankle injury. Grabovski logged just four shifts in the first period and did not return for the second. ... Washington C Marcus Johansson sat out after spending nearly 20 hours traveling to resolve a visa issue.

Top Game Performances

Washington   Florida
Nicklas Backstrom 3 Points Brad Boyes 2
Troy Brouwer 2 Goals Brad Boyes 2
Nicklas Backstrom 2 Assists Sean Bergenheim 2
Troy Brouwer 2 Power Play Goals Drew Shore 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Braden Holtby .882 Save Percentage Tim Thomas .844
Braden Holtby 30 Saves Tim Thomas 27

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 32 5 2-2 5-6 12 33
Florida 34 4 1-6 0-2 4 28

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game on the road against Columbus. The Panthers have a W/L % of .348 after a win and .389 after a loss.
  • Washington will play its next game on the road against Boston. The Capitals have a W/L % of .519 after a win and .424 after a loss.
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