Eric Fehr got his third goal in three games and Alex Ovechkin finally had a highlight goal as the Caps came back being down early to beat the Panthers 3-2 and now have points in eight straight games. Click more for a recap and postgame audio from Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green & Eric Fehr….
The Caps gave up an early goal just 3:49 into the game when Mike Santorelli beat Semyon Varlamov five hole, but in the first both teams looked pretty tired as the Panthers out shot the Caps 6-5 in the period. In the second Mike Green and Mathieu Perreault did a give and go then Green curled around the net to find Eric Fehr in front to put in his eighth of the year and third goal in three games. Mike Green added a much needed power play goal in the third off a great Fehr pass and Alex Ovechkin took a cross ice pass by Mike Knuble that bounced off the boards and finally got his highlight goal as he was going down blasted one pass Scott Clemmensen. The Panthers scored a little over two minutes later and a late Nicklas Backstr0m cross checking minor kept everyone on ice, but the Caps pulled it out.
The Caps have now won eight in a row and have killed 27 straight times when being shorthanded and 33 of 34. The Caps are 16-2-3 when scoring a PP goal, 22-0-4 when tied or leading after 2 periods and 23-0-2 when scoring at least 3 goals. Semyon Varlamov had another great game netting his 8th win of the season and stopped 25 of 27. Bruce Boudreau initially had Ovechkin and Semin switched on lines but went back to normal in the second when not much was going on offensively. The Caps are now 24-12-6, 54 points on the season and head to Florida to take on the Panthers again Tuesday then head to Tampa for the big showdown with the Lightning on Wednesday. Alex Semin left the game in the 2nd intermission with a lower body injury, no update on his condition. Mike Green got the hard hat for his effort tonight.
2nd 5:32 Fehr (8), Green (12), Perreault (3)
3rd 13:07 PP Green (8), Fehr (9), Ovechkin (29)
3rd 16:05 Ovechkin (15), Knuble (9), Backstrom (27)
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