NHL Game Summary - Washington at Florida
(Wednesday, January 13th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Florida 4 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Tomas Fleischmann notched the winner in the sixth round of the shootout, as Washington rallied from a three-goal deficit to down Florida, 5-4.
With the shootout tied at two apiece after Cory Stillman's goal for Florida to begin the sixth round, Fleischmann made a stick fake and scored on the forehand to seal the game for the visitors.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera and Brian Pothier tallied for the Capitals, who have won four of five overall and finished their road trip with two wins in three games.
Jose Theodore got the win with 15 stops in relief of starter Michal Neuvirth, who yielded four goals on 15 shots through the first half of regulation.
"We sometimes get that feeling, like we had tonight, that something good was going to come out of it," said Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau. "They got to 4-1 and I still thought we were in striking range. Then, when it was 4-2, I thought we could come back."
Michael Frolik, Stephen Weiss, Dominic Moore and Gregory Campbell scored for the Panthers, who have dropped three of four. Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 37 shots in the loss.
Frolik's backhander off a Weiss pass put the Panthers on the board 6:44 into the contest, and Florida took a 2-0 edge on a reviewed play.
Moore's backhander from the right side beat Neuvirth and hit the back brace of the net, but the ruling official closest to the action waved it off. Several minutes later, after the next stoppage, the play was reviewed and ruled a goal with 4:49 left in the first.
Chimera tallied at the 18-second mark of the second period for a 2-1 game, but Weiss capitalized on the power play at 4:04 and Campbell made it 4-1 at 9:49 signaling Neuvirth's exit.
Pothier, though, ripped a shot home with 3:48 left in the period and the Caps were within two.
Ovechkin lit the lamp just 27 seconds into the third and the Capitals were within a goal at 4-3, and Backstrom's sneaky redirection of a Mike Green shot tied the game with 7:35 left in regulation.
Florida had several prime chances to win the game in overtime, including a 49- second power play at the extra session's conclusion.
"We had a few good chances there to make it at least 5-1," noted Panthers head coach Peter DeBoer. "We have trouble this season, we don't bury teams, or finish them off. We let teams hang around and then bad things happen."
Washington has won four in a row this season and seven of the last nine over Florida...The Capitals improved to 4-2 in shootouts and the Panthers fell to 3-5.
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