NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 11th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (50-23-8) at Florida Panthers (40-30-11), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Having clinched the second seed in the Eastern Conference,
the Washington Capitals will try to set a new club single-season record for
wins tonight in their regular-season finale versus the Florida Panthers at
The Capitals picked up their third straight win on Thursday, posting a 4-2
victory over Tampa Bay. The win gave them a franchise-record 108 points and
matched the record 50 wins the 1985-86 team posted.
Brooks Laich scored twice and Mike Green registered a goal and two assists in
the win over the Lightning. Green leads all NHL defenseman this year with 31
goals and 73 points.
David Steckel also tallied for Washington, which is going to the postseason
for a second straight season as Southeast Division champs and has also won
five of six overall.
Jose Theodore turned aside 22-of-24 shots faced, while Alex Ovechkin had a
nine-game point streak end. Ovechkin, who leads the league with 55 goals, is
four points behind Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin's 112 for the league lead.
Washington is ending the season on a three-game road trip and is 21-14-5 as
the guest this year.
Despite Thursday's 3-2 victory over Atlanta, Florida was eliminated from the
postseason thanks to the New York Rangers' win over the Flyers on the same
day, as well as Montreal's point in an overtime loss to Boston.
David Booth scored the game-winner with under five minutes left, his 29th of
the season. He has yet to reach the 30-goal mark in either of his first two
Nathan Horton and Cory Stillman also scored for the Panthers, who had lost two
of their previous three and haven't made the postseason since 1999-2000. Tomas
Vokoun made 23 saves to earn the victory.
Florida, which has lost five of its last eight at home, is 21-12-7 as the host
this season and will end its campaign with tonight's game.
Washington has won three of five versus Florida this year, as well as seven of
the last 10 meetings overall. The Capitals have also won three straight in
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