NHL Game Summary - Washington at Florida
(Thursday, December 1st)
Final Score: Florida 3, Washington 2
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen's goal in the third period turned out to be the difference maker as the Florida Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in a makeup game at BankAtlantic Center.
Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton also scored for Florida, which won for only the second time in its last 16 games. Roberto Luongo made 37 saves and Jozef Stumpel added a pair of assists for the Panthers in the win.
Bryan Muir and Andrew Cassels scored for the Capitals, who have now lost five games in a row. Brent Johnson stopped 33-of-36 shots faced in the loss.
The game was originally scheduled to take place on October 29, but was postponed due to Hurricane Wilma.
A power-play tally would put Florida up 3-1 in the third. With Cassels off for holding, Jokinen took a pass at the point from Mike Van Ryn and wristed a shot through traffic that deflected off of Johnson's glove and in 4:19 into the stanza.
Washington would answer just over three minutes later to make it 3-2. After Luongo made a flurry of saves on a scramble in front, Cassels finally put one home off the rebound behind the netminder at the 7:24 mark.
However, Washington would fail to get the equalizer before time expired.
Florida drew first blood in the game after Weiss' power-play goal at the 12:26 mark of the first period and Horton's goal 7:25 into the second frame extended the Panthers to a two-goal lead.
Horton's goal came after a shot from the right circle that hit off of Johnson's left shoulder and into the net.
Muir's power-play goal pulled the Capitals to within 2-1 at the 11:20 mark of the second. After Muir intercepted a clearing attempt along the right boards, the defenseman skated to the center of the zone before firing a shot from the point that beat Luongo stick side.
Horton was activated from injured reserve prior to the game. He was out with a knee sprain...Muir played in his 200th career game...Washington finished 1- for-7 on the power play, Florida netted two goals in four chances...Van Ryn ended with two assists, giving him 12 on the season...Washington fell to 7-8 in one-goal games.
12/01 22:21:11 ET