Florida at Washington

Panthers control second period, end five-game road skid


WASHINGTON -- Florida kept shooting again, and Washington couldn't stop the Panthers again.

Martin Gelinas scored twice, and Ville Peltonen added a goal and an assist to give the Panthers a 4-1 victory over the Capitals on Saturday.

Florida had 54 shots in a 7-3 victory over Washington last week. The Panthers dominated play after the first period in this game, outshooting the Capitals 42-18 for a 96-35 advantage the last two meetings.

"That was our game plan," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "They've got some excellent players. If you give them the puck or give them time or space they're going to hurt you. They're a hard-working team and they can do things offensively."

The Panthers snapped a two-game losing streak overall and a five-game slide on the road in the teams' last game before the All-Star game. Washington, limited by several recent injuries on defense, has lost four of its last five games.

The Panthers pressured the Capitals' young defense throughout, and Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig stopped 38 shots to keep the Capitals close. Florida took command with two goals and an 18-3 edge in shots in the second period alone.

"Olie's a great goalie," Gelinas said. "We talked about before the game. We just got to keep shooting some rubber on him, and eventually we're going to get some breaks. That did happen."

Kolzig said the Capitals have gotten away from what they do best the last few games

"We like to hang our hat on being the hardest-working team in the league," Kolzig said. "But the last two games, we've been outworked. Maybe we think we're a finesse team rather than a lunch-pail team."

A bright spot for the Capitals was they held Florida to 0-for-10 on power-play chances.

The Panthers turned the game around by dominating play in the second period. Florida got the first 17 shots of the period, holding the Capitals without one until 5:48 remained.

Washington took advantage of a 5-on-3 power-play when Zubrus beat Florida goalie Ed Belfour from a sharp angle for a 1-0 lead 3:31 into the game.

Gelinas tied it for Florida at 2:42 of the second period. Jozef Stumpel gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead when he scored on a short-handed breakaway at 5:59.

"We got (the) momentum back," Florida's Ruslan Salei said. "We scored a couple of goals, and we got the game in our hands."

Peltonen added an insurance goal with 8:25 left in the game, and Gelinas sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final minute.

Florida goalie Ed Belfour had 17 saves in the win.


  • Washington D Brian Pothier (flu) missed his first game this season.
  • Mike Green returned to the Capitals' lineup after missing Thursday's win at Carolina due to a bruised foot.
  • Florida C Olli Jokinen is second in the NHL in shots, behind the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin.
  • Anthony Stewart also got an assist for Florida, his first point this season.
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Olaf Kolzig gives up three Panthers goals, but denies this Olli Jokinen attempt. (US Presswire)
Olaf Kolzig gives up three Panthers goals, but denies this Olli Jokinen attempt. (US Presswire)
Florida  (18-22-10) «0224
Washington (20-21-7)1001
Three Stars
O. Kolzig

Saves: 38
Save Pct.: .927
J. Stumpel

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Bouwmeester

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:31Power Play - Dainius Zubrus (17), Snap Shot - Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin
02:42Martin Gelinas (5), Snap Shot - Assists: Anthony Stewart, Olli Jokinen
05:59Short - Jozef Stumpel (12), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
11:35Ville Peltonen (8), Wrist Shot - Assist: Nathan Horton
19:11Martin Gelinas (6), Empty Net - Assist: Ville Peltonen
Penalty Summary
01:03Morrisonn: Slashing - 2 min.
01:41Gelinas: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
02:14Salei: Holding - 2 min.
04:48Beech: Cross Check - 2 min.
06:13Schultz: Hooking - 2 min.
06:41Gelinas: Hooking - 2 min.
08:00Kwiatkowski: Hooking - 2 min.
14:17Brashear: Interference - 2 min.
00:34Green: Delay of Game - 2 min.
04:40Horton: Tripping - 2 min.
08:11Schultz: Hooking - 2 min.
10:05Laich: Tripping - 2 min.
14:15Gratton: Hooking - 2 min.
03:00Semin: Hooking - 2 min.
07:43Ovechkin: Roughing - 2 min.
09:01Salei: Holding the stick - 2 min.
11:38Semin: High sticking - 2 min.
Ed Belfour59:43171
Olaf Kolzig58:43383
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Referees - Bill McCreary, Craig Spada
Linesmen - Tim Nowak, Pierre Racicot
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