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NHL Game Summary - Florida at Washington

(Wednesday, October 18th)

Final Score: Washington 5, Florida 2

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist and Washington scored five goals in the first period, as the Capitals downed the Florida Panthers, 5-2, at the Verizon Center.

Jamie Heward, Matt Bradley, Chris Clark and Kris Beech also scored for the Capitals, who end a two-game losing skid. Olie Kolzig made 34 saves.

Jozef Stumpel and Nathan Horton scored for the Panthers, who lost their second straight. Mike Van Ryn added a pair of assists. Alex Auld was removed with 7:24 left in the first after allowing four goals on 12 shots. Ed Belfour came in and blocked 13-of-14 shots thereafter.

Semin tapped in a wrister a tick over a minute into the game for an early 1-0 Washington lead and his team-high sixth goal.

Just under six minutes into the first, Steve Weiss got the puck to Stumpel, who backhanded the mid-air puck into the goal on the power play to tie the score, 1-1.

Clark got a rebound at the top of the left circle and fired a slap shot into the back of the net to give Washington a 2-1 lead just over seven minutes into the first.

The Caps then blew the game open down the first-period stretch. Heward scored on an unassisted slap shot from just inside the blue line under 12 minutes into the first, Beech snapped in a shot 39 seconds later, and Bradley scored an unassisted wrister 14:18 into the period for a 5-1 Washington lead heading into the second.

After a scoreless second period, Horton brought the Panthers within three goals on a power-play wrister 8:12 into the third for the final margin.

Washington was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Florida finished 2-for-4.

Game Notes

The last time Washington scored five goals in a period was on Feb. 12, 2003, in a 5-1 win at Atlanta...Florida won seven of eight meetings with Washington last season.

10/18 22:12:14 ET

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