Playing in the second of back-to-back games, the Washington Capitals looked out of gas on Wednesday night, the Florida Panthers took full advantage.
Florida used three third period tallies to break a 1-1 tie after two periods to take the battle for first place in the Southeast 4-2 over Washington on Wednesday night in Sunrise.
Mikael Samuelsson scored twice for the Panthers, who took a one-point lead over the visiting Capitals in the division. Stephen Weiss added a third period and Shawn Matthias' empty net goal capped the evening for the surprising Panthers.
Despite playing the previous night into overtime in Tampa Bay, the Caps had a chance t...
Too often the term "playoff-like game" gets thrown around in the NHL, but Tuesday night in Tampa Bay was not one of those oversights.
The Capitals and Lightning battled with a playoff-like feel in regular season game No. 49 for both Southeast Division clubs.
The game saw the Caps battle back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game early in the third period before going into overtime.
After Matt Hendricks opened the scoring for the Caps with a highlight-reel spin-o-rama goal, Tampa Bay responded with three unanswered goals from Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis and Nate Thompson to put the Bolts up 3-1.
Washington Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault picked a perfect time for his first career hat trick, sending the Caps into the All-Star break with a win.
The third-year pro's three-goal night, including the game-winner in the third period, helped the Alex Ovechkin-less Caps past the mighty Boston Bruins 5-3 Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
With the game tied 3-3 heading into the pivotal third period, Perreault cleaned up a rebound off a Roman Hamrlik point shot in front of Bruins goalie Tuuku Rask to put the Caps up 4-3 at the 7:18 mark.
Washington never looked back, holding off eight third period Boston shots befo...
What a strange game was the Washington Capitals' 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night.
The Caps took three consecutive penalties in the first, which the Islanders followed up by taking three penalties of their own in the second. But Dale Hunter's Caps held firm in taking the last set of three penalties in the third.
But that was about the most interesting thing to take away from the game from a Caps standpoint. Frankly, in the NHL when you don't score you lose. Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun knows this all to well.
"We didn't score a goal. Obviously that hurts the most, the veteran said postgame. "You can't...
Islanders get a huge victory over the streaking Capitals tonight, winning 3-0. The Islanders came into the game looking to rebound from a bad game yesterday against Nashville and rebound is definitely what they did. The Capitals who have been hot of late looked like a tall test for the tired Islanders who played yesterday and had to travel to get to Washington.
The game started slow as neither team could keep possession of the puck in the offensive zone. One play that stood out to me during the early going of the period was Nabokov’s handling of the puck. He came out to handle the puck in front of the net, mishandled it and left a great chance for the Capitals. Thankfully for the Islanders they were unable to get a good shot on net and Nabokov was able to recover. Nabokov needs to work on his puck handling as it has become a problem as of late and has cost the Islanders goals at certain points.
The red-hot New York Rangers came into Verizon Center riding a five-game win streak on Wednesday night, but they left the building with a losing streak after being handled by Alex Semin and the Caps 4-1.
Semin scored twice and Troy Brouwer netted the game-winner in the second period to lead the Washington Capitals over the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers. Marcus Johansson also scored for Washington, starting the scoring in the first period.
Following Johansson's opening goal, Brandon Dubinsky tied the game at 1-1 for the visiting Rangers at the 17:16 mark of the first period when he ripped a wrist shot past the glove side of Vokoun...
Sleepless in Seattle? More like listless in Buffalo for the Washington Capitals the day after Christmas.
Buffalo jumped on the Capitals early with four first period goals from Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis, Christian Erhoff and rookie Brayden McNabb's first NHL tally in route to a 4-2 win over the visiting Caps at First Niagara Center.
The Sabres scored just 51 seconds into the first, keying a period that would doom the Caps despite righting the ship in the second and third by pulling within two. Those goals came from Matt Hendricks, his first of the season late in the second, and Alex Ovechkin on a powerplay in the third.