Capitals extend win streak to five in wild win over Panthers

J.J. Regan
NBC Sports Washington

John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin both tallied three points Thursday to help lead the Capitals to a wild 5-4 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. Carlson scored 25 seconds into the game, Florida tied it 95 seconds later, and the track meet was one.

Here's how the Caps won.

25 seconds

We found out what kind of a game this was going to be just 25 seconds in as the Caps got off to a fast start. Michal Kempny fired a slap pass to John Carlson who redirected the puck on net. It was a bit off target and hit off of Sergei Bobrovsky, but he couldn't control it and the puck ended up in the net.

Despite taking the early 1-0 lead, Florida went on to score the next three to take a 3-1 lead. That lone goal suddenly loomed very large as the Caps battled back to tie the game at 3 in the second period.

A big save on one end, a big goal on the other

At the very start of overtime, the Panthers set up Aaron Ekblad beautifully in alone on Holtby. He deked the Caps' netminder, but Holtby managed to stretch the pad to deny him for the brilliant save. Ekblad tried to force that puck through the pad, but Holtby held strong

As happens in overtime, one big chance on one end often leaves the team vulnerable on the other. Off the save, the Caps took the puck the other way with Tom Wilson burying the 2-on-1 for the overtime winner.

The penalty kill

Washington took way too many penalties...again. Initially, the penalty kill looked awful, but it began playing much better as the game went along. In a game in which the Caps allowed four goals, they only gave up one on the power play in five chances. This is a game that could have been off the rails without a big game from the penalty kill.

Interesting note from penalty kill? Nick Jensen actually led the team in shorthanded ice-time with 3:46.

Ovechkin, Carlson deliver

Washington traded goals back and forth with the Panthers and the reason the Caps were able to keep up was because of another brilliant performance from Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson.

Ovechkin had two goals and an assist while Carlson had one goal and two assists. There was only one out of Washington's five goals that Ovechkin and Carlson did not contribute on. Ovechkin now has 13 goals this season in 17 games, putting him on pace for 62 goals. Carlson, meanwhile, now has 26 points this season.


Capitals extend win streak to five in wild win over Panthers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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