Panthers 4, Capitals 3, SO

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WASHINGTON (AP)—Joe Nieuwendyk scored the only shootout goal to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Nieuwendyk scored in the second round of the shootout, and Florida goalie Roberto Luongo stopped all three Washington shots.

The Panthers have won all six games with Washington this season, including their only two victories in shootouts this season.

Chris Clark had his first three-goal game for Washington and Alex Ovechkin had two assists in the loss.

Florida held a 44-40 edge in shots as both teams had numerous scoring chances.

Luongo finished with 37 saves and also earned his third assist of the season. Washington goalie Olie Kolzig made 40 stops.

Clark gave Washington a 1-0 lead 4:19 into the game with an assist from Ovechkin. Jonathan Sim tied it for the Panthers a few minutes later.

Ovechkin got a second assist when Clark scored for a 2-1 lead with 4:41 left in the first period. Washington held the lead until Rostislav Olesz and Jay Bouwmeester scored 15 seconds apart to give Florida a 3-2 lead with 5:43 left in the second period.

Bouwmeester didn’t score a goal in his first 65 games but has goals in two straight. His shot from left circle tied the game, and Olesz then beat Kolzig after the ensuing faceoff for the 3-2 lead.

But Clark completed the hat trick and tied the game by flipping the rebound of a Mathieu Biron shot over Luongo with 17:56 left.


Dainius Zubrus had an assist to run his career-best points streak to seven games. … Clark has scored the first Washington goal nine times this season. … Luongo started 22 straight games before sitting out Friday night’s win over the New York Islanders.

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  Game Winning Goal
J. Nieuwendyk J. Nieuwendyk
Florida Panthers
Scored in the SO period


Goalie Team Shot Save
Roberto Luongo Fla 40 37
Olaf Kolzig Tor 44 41