Florida at Washington

Panthers' Luongo records season-high 53 saves on road vs. Capitals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

WASHINGTON -- 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 six 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 took 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.


  • 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.1
  • Horton has nine goals in his last 10 games.
  • The combined 89 shots were a Florida record.
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Roberto Luongo, who finishes with a season-high 53 saves, keeps the Capitals in check.  (Getty Images)
Roberto Luongo, who finishes with a season-high 53 saves, keeps the Capitals in check. (Getty Images)
Florida  (12-19-4) «1113
Washington (10-19-2)1012
Three Stars
R. Luongo

Saves: 53
Save Pct.: .964
M. Van Ryn

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
B. Sutherby

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
09:48Short - Chris Clark (7), Wrist Shot - Assists: Matt Pettinger and Shaone Morrisonn
11:04Power Play - Nathan Horton (16), Tip-In - Assists: Mike Van Ryn and Lukas Krajicek
16:52Power Play - Jozef Stumpel (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Jay Bouwmeester and Olli Jokinen
04:18Rostislav Olesz (4), Tip-In - Assist: Mike Van Ryn
15:04Brian Sutherby (7), Slap Shot - Assist: Ben Clymer
Penalty Summary
00:41Sutherby: Boarding - 2 min.
00:41Roberts: Roughing - 2 min.
02:18Montador: Holding - 2 min.
02:45Muir: High sticking - 2 min.
09:10Fehr: Tripping - 2 min.
17:13Cassels: Hooking - 2 min.
18:18Gelinas: Holding the stick - 2 min.
00:28Payer: Tripping - 2 min.
04:46Gratton: Roughing - 2 min.
04:46Majesky: Roughing - 2 min.
06:58Gratton: Fighting - 5 min.
06:58Bradley: Fighting - 5 min.
08:23Van Ryn: Holding - 2 min.
08:36Kolnik: Tripping - 2 min.
15:21Majesky: Interference - 2 min.
17:21Olesz: Hooking - 2 min.
16:56Gratton: Fighting - 5 min.
16:56Bradley: Fighting - 5 min.
Florida14119 34
Washington191838 75
Attendance - 10829
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Tom Kowal, Bill McCreary
Line Judges - Angelo D'Amico, Scott Driscoll
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