SUNRISE, Fla. -- Martin Gelinas was in the right place at the right time -- twice.
Both goals were redirected shots from in front of the net.
"The first goal hit my blade, but the second one kind of hit off my skate and went in," Gelinas said. "It was a lucky bounce, but we'll take it. That's why you stand in front of the goalie, so one of your teammates can get a good shot and (you) get a tip in."
Jakub Klepis and Chris Clark scored goals for the Capitals, who have lost four of five. Brent Johnson stopped 32 shots, but Washington lost to Florida in overtime for the first time. The Panthers trail Montreal by four points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
During a power play in overtime, Stephen Weiss shot from the right circle and the puck hit Gelinas and went in at 2:01 to win it for Florida. The players hesitated because the goal light didn't go off, but the referee signaled goal and the Panthers celebrated.
"Both (Gelinas) goals were the same." Panthers coach Jacques Martin said. "That's one of his assets (getting in front.)"
It was Gelinas' 299th career goal.
"At inopportune times, they seemed to capitalize," Johnson said. "It went off someone's foot in front of the net and went in."
Florida tied it at 2 during a power-play at 9:54 of the second. Olli Jokinen shot from the high slot and the puck hit Gelinas' stick in front of the crease and got past Johnson.
"We were able to bounce back and get two points that we needed," Jokinen said. "There's still life."
Washington nearly scored a goal in the second period. A shot by Matt Bradley from the boards below the left circle hit the base of the net and rolled on its side along the goal line. Belfour swatted the puck out just as it appeared to cross the goal line. It was ruled a no-goal and a video replay upheld the call.
"I wish the call went our way," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "It seemed inconclusive."
The Capitals took a 2-1 lead during a five-on-three power play at 2:18 of the second. Alexander Semin shot from the low slot and the puck bounced off the skate of Clark and trickled across the crease and over the goal line.
Florida tied it at 1 after Campbell's shot from above the left circle bounced off Johnson's glove and into the net at 14:01 of the first.
Washington took a 1-0 lead on Klepis' goal at 6:43. Jiri Novotny passed from the right circle across to Klepis. His wrister from under the left circle got between Belfour and the post and into the corner of the net.
|After tying the game at 2-2, Martin Gelinas also nets this winner in overtime, both power-play goals. (AP)|
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|06:43||Jakub Klepis (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Jiri Novotny, Alex Ovechkin|
|14:01||Gregory Campbell (6), Wrist Shot - Assists: Janis Sprukts, Alexei Semenov|
|02:18||Power Play - Chris Clark (30), Tip-In - Assists: Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin|
|09:54||Power Play - Martin Gelinas (12), Tip-In - Assists: Olli Jokinen, Stephen Weiss|
|02:01||Power Play - Martin Gelinas (13), Tip-In - Assists: Stephen Weiss, Jozef Stumpel|
|03:44||Beech: Interference - 2 min.|
|00:20||Allen: Slashing - 2 min.|
|01:57||Olesz: Boarding - 2 min.|
|09:03||Pothier: Tripping - 2 min.|
|09:54||Jurcina: Cross Check - 2 min.|
|11:00||Olesz: Slashing - 2 min.|
|17:10||Semin: Hooking - 2 min.|
|00:52||Van Ryn: Holding - 2 min.|
|09:26||Morrisonn: Interference - 2 min.|
|14:56||Gratton: Holding - 2 min.|
|01:42||Beech: Hooking - 2 min.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 15712|
|Referees - Rob Martell, Rob Shick|
|Linesmen - Derek Amell, David Brisebois|