Florida at Washington

Panthers hand Capitals first regulation loss on home ice this season


WASHINGTON -- The Florida Panthers' luck finally changed for the better.

Florida was credited with a pair of goals that deflected in off Washington players and the Panthers earned their second successive victory by beating the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday.

Radek Dvorak, Ville Peltonen and Gregory Campbell all had a goal and an assist each in the win.

The Panthers were ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference in goals coming in and then got help from those fortunate bounces. They took the lead for good with three second-period goals, two of which went in after hitting Capitals players.

"We got some bounces around the net that we haven't been getting," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "Our guys worked hard for it."

Ville Peltonen had tied it at 6:19, and Florida went ahead 2-1 when Washington's David Steckel's pass hit teammate Karl Alzner's skate in front and went between Jose Theodore's pads for a power-play goal. No Panthers player was within about 25 feet of either Steckel or Alzner, and Jay Bouwmeester was credited with the goal.

Florida made it 3-1 when Bryan McCabe's shot deflected off Washington's Boyd Gordon and Shaone Morrisonn and in with 7:51 left in the second period for another power-play goal.

That made up for the unlucky bounce in the first period when Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice pass hit Bouwmeester's skate and flew past goalie Craig Anderson to give Washington an early 1-0 lead. Florida took command in the second period.

"We put in a lot of work tonight and had success," Bouwmeester said. "They've got some guys with a lot of skill."

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't happy with his team's effort as the Capitals seemed flat until they scored a pair of late goals when Florida was up 4-1.

"It was the least energy we've had all year, and I talked about us having a lot of energy tonight," Boudreau said. "We didn't play with a lot of life, and everybody's accountable."

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for Washington, but he agreed with his coach.

"We did a terrible job," Backstrom said. "We have to be ready to play from the beginning, and that's what we didn't do."

Dvorak added an insurance tally early in the third to make it 4-1. Washington rallied with late goals from Viktor Kozlov and Tomas Fleischmann, but Campbell's empty-netter with one minute left clinched it. Anderson, who has the best save percentage in the NHL, stopped 23 shots and earned his second straight win.

Washington lost in regulation at home for the first time this season (9-1-1). The Capitals were 15-0-1 in their past 16 games in the nation's capital. San Jose is the only remaining NHL team that is perfect at home this season in regulation.

The Capitals are still struggling with injuries as seven players from their opening night roster sat out.

Florida, which entered with the league's 27th ranked power-play unit, went 2-for-4.


  • Sami Lepisto got an assist on Backstrom's goal, his third point in four games this season.
  • Washington LW Alexander Ovechkin (one assist) was chosen as the NHL's first star of the month for November -- the fourth Capitals player to earn that honor this season.
  • The Capitals recalled LW Graham Mink from Hershey (AHL).
  • Dvorak is the only current Panthers player who was on the Florida club that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996.
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Jose Theodore stops a shot by Stephen Weiss, but gives up four straight goals thereafter. (Getty Images)
Jose Theodore stops a shot by Stephen Weiss, but gives up four straight goals thereafter. (Getty Images)
Florida  (10-11-3) «0325
Washington (13-9-3)1023
Three Stars
V. Peltonen

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Dvorak

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
N. Backstrom

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
15:57Power Play - Nicklas Backstrom (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Fleischmann, Lepisto
06:19Ville Peltonen (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dvorak
07:28Power Play - Jay Bouwmeester (3), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
12:09Power Play - Bryan McCabe (4), Tip-In. Assist: McLean, Frolik
04:45Radek Dvorak (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Campbell, Peltonen
16:11Viktor Kozlov (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Backstrom, Morrisonn
17:02Power Play - Tomas Fleischmann (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ovechkin, Kozlov
19:00Gregory Campbell (5), Empty Net. Assist: Skrastins
Penalty Summary
06:14Frolik, 2 min, Hooking
15:47McLean, 2 min, Tripping
17:35Jurcina, 2 min, Interference
06:54Ovechkin, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
11:23Fehr, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
07:06Bouwmeester, 2 min, Interference
13:05Nylander, 2 min, Hooking
16:45Peltonen, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Craig Anderson59:48233
Jose Theodore59:38174
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
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Referees - Steve Kozari, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Brian Murphy
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