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Collapse- Washington wins in shootout, beats Florida 5-4

Last night’s game was the low point of the Panthers 2009-10 season so far as I am concerned. From AP-

The Washington Capitals have already proven they can beat Florida without Alex Ovechkin. Having him in the lineup sure didn’t hurt, though.FL-Wash

Tomas Fleischmann scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Capitals a 5-4 comeback victory over the Panthers on Wednesday night.

Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, Brian Pothier and Nicklas Backstrom scored in regulation for the Capitals.

“We started working pretty hard in the second period and the third was the same thing,” Fleischmann said. We came back and lucky for us we did.”

Michael Frolik, Dominic Moore, Stephen Weiss and Gregory Campbell scored for Florida, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 33 shots.

Jose Theodore stopped all 15 shots he faced after replacing Michal Neuvirth with Florida leading 4-1 midway through the second period.

The Capitals goaltending was crappy last night, as it was the night before when the team lost 7-4 to Tampa. Why did I pick this team to win the Eastern Conference when their Goalies are so sub par? Particularly since I blogged about it multiple times during the 2008-09 season.

Last night’s game was depressing. It was at least the 2nd time this year Florida blew a 3-goal lead. You can’t ever let up against a potent offensive team like Washington. The Capitals were tired as they had to play back to back where as Florida hadn’t played a game since Saturday night.

Both the 2nd and 3rd periods saw Washington score in the first minute after play resumed. Florida came back to score two goals in the middle period, but couldn’t capitalize on some great scoring chances in the third.

Gregory Campbell got his first goal of the year finally. I expect Peter DeBoer to promote Campbell to the 2nd line any day now as a reward. No, I’m not being sarcastic.

Is there any good Florida Panther news out there? Last year’s leading scorer, David Booth, has begun to practice again. Booth hasn’t played since suffering a concussion almost three months ago.

Florida’s record is now 18-20-8. Not even Pollyanna would be confident enough to predict the Panthers making the 2009-10 NHL post season.

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