One of the reasons the Caps have been as successful as they have been is because of their good performances in shootouts. Coming into tonight their record in shootouts was 7-2 overall but the two shootout losses they have are on the road. This game wasn’t any different for the Caps as they lose another shootout on the road, this time to the Florida Panthers, losing by a score of 3-2. The shootout lasted ten rounds with the Panthers Tomas Kopecky scoring to snap the Caps three game winning streak.
This Washington loss also snapped an eight game winning streak that the Caps had against the Florida Panthers. Highlights for the Caps were center Nicklas Backstrom recording a goal and an assist, and forward Joel Ward scoring his first goal since November 12th. Goalie Philip Grubauer despite losing his first start of the season recorded 41 saves in this matchup between former division rivals.
Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen, who was winnless this season before this contest, stopped 25 shots to earn his first win in goal for Florida. The Caps ended every period with a single digit number of shots while the Panthers ended periods only twice (3rd: 9 & OT: 3) in single digits. If the Caps want to stay alive in the Division they are going to have to fire more pucks towards the goalie.
These two teams will meet one more time on February 27th in Florida. The Caps next game will be Sunday 12/15 when they will take on the Philadelphia Flyers, game time 3:00pm/ET at the Verizon Center.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)