NHL Game Summary - Florida at Washington
(Thursday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 6, Florida 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin returned from a right wrist injury to post two goals and two assists as Washington rocked Florida, 6-2, at Verizon Center.
Brendan Morrison posted a goal and two assists for the Capitals, who recorded their fourth consecutive win.
Matt Bradley and Tomas Fleischmann also scored and Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots for Washington, which played without Alex Ovechkin as he served the first of his two-game suspension.
"I like the way we followed the game plan in the beginning," said Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. "We thought they'd be tired and if we attacked them early and got them down, they might not have the strength to come back. I don't know if that was the reason, but it worked well."
Stephen Weiss and Jeff Taffe scored for the Panthers, who slid to their sixth loss in seven games.
Scott Clemmensen lasted less than 12 minutes in his start, allowing two goals on 11 shots. Alexander Salak took the loss, burned for four goals on 33 shots.
"They took over and were better all over the ice then us. It was a mess from there on in," said Florida coach Peter DeBoer.
Semin took a pass from Brooks Laich and blasted a shot home to put the Caps on the board with 9:26 left in the first period, then Fleischmann doubled the advantage 1:16 later.
Washington took a 3-0 lead 2:45 into the second while shorthanded, as Bradley ripped a shot over Salak's glove from the right wing. It was 4-0 on a two-man advantage as Semin found Backstrom at the side of the crease at 5:13.
Early in the third period, the Capitals were treated to a full seven-minute power play and continued to pour on the offense. Morrison's one-timer from the point at 3:19 gave the Caps a 5-0 edge before Semin made it 6-0 at 6:32 by tapping home a Chris Clark pass.
Florida connected for two late scores by Weiss at 16:38 and Taffe at 17:21, but there was no further comeback for the visitors.
Washington has won all three meetings this season, outscoring Florida 17-7...The Capitals improved to 5-1-1 this season when Ovechkin is not in the lineup.
12/04 03:06:22 ET