NHL Game Summary - Washington at Florida
(Wednesday, December 17th)
Final Score: Washington 2, Florida 2
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Stephen Weiss scored on the power play midway through the third period to help Florida salvage a 2-2 tie with Washington at the Office Depot Center.
Valeri Bure also scored and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots for the Panthers, who are winless in their last three (0-1-2) and have just one win in their last 10 games (1-3-5-1).
Bates Battaglia and Peter Bondra scored for the Capitals, who are unbeaten in their last two (1-0-1). Washington played without forward Jaromir Jagr, who is sidelined with a thumb injury.
Maxime Ouellet, who posted a shutout in his season debut a day earlier, turned away 20 shots for Washington, which extended its unbeaten streak on the road against the Panthers to four games (2-0-2).
Florida forced overtime on Weiss' tip-in goal with a man-advantage at 8:11. Positioned in the crease, he tipped a shot from the left point past Ouellet to force a 2-2 tie.
Ouellet then stopped a wraparound shot by Panthers center Matt Cullen just before the end of regulation to preserve the tie.
In overtime, the teams combined for just three shots on goal.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead 6:20 into the first period. Bure scored on a shot from the right corner near the goal line.
Battaglia's second goal of the season, with 51.6 seconds left in the second period, forged a 1-1 tie for Washington.
Brian Willsie gathered the puck in the bottom of the right faceoff circle and slid a pass to the crease, where Battaglia redirected it past Luongo
Bondra put the Capitals ahead 2-1 early in the third period. Matt Pettinger carried the puck through the right circle and slid a pass across the crease to a streaking Bondra, who pushed the puck inside the left post at 4:03.
Bure has 17 points in his last 21 games for the Panthers...Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar had a five-game point streak snapped...Washington allowed less than 30 shots for the first time in 16 games.
12/17 22:25:03 ET