SUNRISE, Fla. (CBSDC/AP) — The Florida Panthers handed the Washington Capitals their second loss in as many nights.
Mikael Samuelsson had two goals as the Panthers beat the Caps 4-2 on Wednesday.
Stephen Weiss and Shawn Matthias also scored for Florida, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 26 shots. Tomas Fleischmann had a pair of assists for the Panthers, who moved into first place in the Southeast Division — one point ahead of Washington.
Brooks Laich and John Carlson scored for the Capitals, and Michal Neuvirth had 35 saves.
Samuelsson’s second goal came during a power play and gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Samuelsson got the puck in the high slot and wristed it past Neuvirth at 4:57 of the third for his first multi-goal game since Feb. 12, 2011, at Vancouver.
Alexander Ovechkin is now eligible to rejoin the Caps after serving a three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek. The team went 1-2 without Ovi in the lineup.
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