Bobrovsky makes 41 tackles to help the Panthers fend off the Capitals


Sergei Bobrovsky He made 41 saves, including 21 in the third, to help the Florida Panthers defeat the Washington Capitals 5-2 at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, on Tuesday.


Carter Verhaghe Scored twice in the third, and Alexander Barkov He had a goal and two assists for the Panthers (9-6-1), who have won three of their last four. Matthew Tkachuk Three assists.

“I felt good,” said Bobrovsky, who made his first start in four games. “I saw the puck well. The guys helped me a lot clearing the front of the net. [The Capitals] They have good offensive weapons and have been a good team. We respect them, and those are two big points.”

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Paul Morris of the Panthers became the fourth coach to reach 1,700 NHL games (Scottie Bowman, 2,141; Barry Trotz, 1,812; Joel Quenneville, 1,768).

John Carlson He had a goal and an assist for the Capitals (7-9-2), who have lost seven of nine (2-5-2). Darcy Comber Made 38 exports.

“I thought we played hard the last 40 minutes and pushed for that win,” said Washington coach Peter Laviolette, who returned after missing two games while on the NHL COVID-19 protocol. “Looks like we can’t get ahead of the score. It looks like we just can’t get where we want to go.”

The two teams met for the first time since the Panthers eliminated the Capitals in six games in the first round of the 2022 Eastern Conference.
Washington was 0-for-5 on the power play. Florida was 1 to 1.

“I think the penalty deserves all the credit for tonight’s victory,” Morris said. “And the goalkeeper is the key piece, right? The best penalty taker. They were great.”

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Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 5:45 of the first period when he controlled a loose puck and scored with his wrist off the high hole.

“When his mentality starts to set in, he’s just a dynamic player,” Morris said. “I’m happy for him because he’s played a lot of really good hockey and the points aren’t in his favor. He’s a driver for us, so he needs to have that success.”

Florida put the lead up to 2-0 on a power play at 3:46 of the second period when Sam Reinhart I hit a loose puck over Comber’s shoulder in front of the crease.

Dylan Strom Pulling Washington to within 2-1 at 15:04, he scored a high wrist shot from the top left standoff circle off a pass from Joe Snelly On the rush while playing 4 on 4.

“The first stint was faster than us,” said Laviolette. “A lot of it had to do with us, and it was just fueling their transfer through turnarounds, but I thought we had it under control and had a chance in the game.”

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Nick Cousins extended it to 3-1 at 7:02 of the third when he caught a pass from Gustav Forsling On the grate side, he went around Kuemper and tucked the disk into it.

Carlson cut it to 3-2 at 11:15 when he forwarded Eric Gustafson A pass into the hole during a late penalty kick.

Verhaig punched the ball up front to make it 4-2 at 17:00, then scored into an empty net at 18:36 for the final 5-2.

“We spent the majority of the third period in their area, and I think the few looks they got were good,” he said. Matt Irwin He said. “It’s hard to follow a game, especially against a team like this.”

Notes: Morris is 784-686-131 with 99 games in 25 seasons with the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Panthers. … Kachuk’s first assist, on a Reinhart goal, was his 400th NHL point. He has 402 points (157 goals, 245 assists) in 445 games. … Barkov has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 19 games against Washington. … The Capitals is 0-for-21 on power play in their past four games. … Washington forward Alex Ovechkin He went four games without a goal, his longest drought of the season. …the capitals were without the forward Nicholas Op-Koppelwho served the second of a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cal Foot Friday.

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