NHL Game Summary - Florida at Washington|
(Saturday, February 9th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Florida 0
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Troy Brouwer scored twice and Braden Holtby
stopped 27 shots to notch his fourth career shutout, as the Washington
Capitals crushed the Florida Panthers, 5-0, in the opener of a home-and-home
series on Saturday at Verizon Center.
Joel Ward and Mathieu Perreault each registered a goal and an assist, while
Alex Ovechkin also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game
Florida goaltender Jose Theodore was pulled midway through the third period
after giving up all five goals on just 21 shots as the Panthers lost for the
second time in their last three games.
"We got outworked tonight," Florida coach Kevin Dineen admitted. "Everybody
didn't have enough to give tonight for us to be successful."
Brouwer's first goal came off a deflection late in the opening stanza when
John Carlson intercepted Jerred Smithson's clearing attempt near the right
circle and let fly with a slap shot that took a strange carom off the leg of
Brouwer before sneaking past Theodore to make it 1-0 at the 17:45 mark.
The Capitals then doubled their advantage early in the second when Holtby
flipped a pass from in front of his own net to Brouwer at the Florida blue
line. Brouwer skated in and rifled a shot from the top of the right circle
that whizzed past Theodore at the 3:36 mark.
Washington's forecheck helped push the lead to 3-0 at the 11:55 mark of the
middle stanza when the Caps won a scrum on the left boards and the puck
squirted into the left circle, where Ward ripped a quick shot that sailed past
the stick side of Theodore.
Ovechkin's one-timer off an offensive zone faceoff win early in the third gave
the Caps a four-goal lead before Perreault pounded home a rebound off a point
blast from Jeff Schultz at the 9:28 mark to make it 5-0 and chase Theodore
from the contest.
Scott Clemmensen relieved Theodore and turned away all four shots he faced,
but Florida's offense couldn't break through on Holtby, who stopped all six
third-period shots to keep the shutout intact.
"The traffic in front of the net was nonexistent today because our defense and
our forwards really took it to heart this last little while that we need to
bear down in our end," Holtby said. "It was outstanding tonight and we're
going to need that to keep moving forward."
Holtby's assist was the second of his career and first since March 15, 2011 at
Montreal ... Washington has won four straight against Florida ... The Capitals
went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Florida finished 0-for-2 ... These teams
will meet again on Tuesday in Florida.
02/09 22:18:57 ET