Highlights: Capitals 3, Panthers 2
Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: Tomas Fleischmann scored a 4-on-3 power-play goal with 2:38 remaining in regulation, but Mikhail Grabovski, Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom all scored in the shootout to give the Caps their second win in 24 hours.
How they got there: Nicklas Backstom scored his third goal in two games late in the first period and defenseman John Carlson broke a 1-1 tie with his first goal of the season midway through the second period.
Scary moment: Caps second-line center Marcus Johansson had to be helped off the ice with 14:19 remaining in the third period when he was clipped by an errant high stick from Brad Boyes. He returned during the overtime period.
Penalty Killers: The Caps killed off five Panthers power plays, giving them 35 straight kills, before Tomas Fleishman’s game-tying goal with 2:38 remaining in regulation. Fleishmann’s goal was a 4-on-3 tally with Steve Oleksy in the box for slashing. It was the first power-play goal allowed by the Caps in nine games.
Save of the night: Michal Neuvirth was outstanding between the pipes and he flashed out his pad to stop Shawn Matthias early in the third period to keep the Caps ahead at 2-1.
Pull of the night: Midway through the third period Panthers forward Krys Barch slammed Alex Urbom into the boards and was given a charging minor. He suffered a cut over his nose and jarred his tooth loose on the hit. A replay showed Barch yank out his tooth on the Panthers bench and toss it into the crowd.
Look ahead: The Caps will be given a complete day off on Sunday, followed by a 10:30 a.m. practice at Kettler on Monday. They face the Islanders at home on Tuesday night.