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Caps Down Panthers 3-2

By Rodger M. WoodAlex_Ovechkin_08.jpgAlex O showed definite signs of getting his scoring touch back, scoring the winning goal and skating with abandon in the Capitals 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers last night at the Verizon Center.It was a superstar goal! – Alex O flew down the left wing with Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe hanging on his tail, cut in front of the net, was tripped and while falling, shot the puck through three hole behind the goalie Scott Clemmensen into the net. The goal immediately restored your belief in Alex O’s greatness.Eric Fehr and Mike Green combined again to score and assist on the tying and go ahead goal late in the second and third periods. That is Fehr’s sixth point in the past six games. Green’s goal was a much overdue power play goal.Semyon Varlamov started his fourth straight game in the Capitals nets, stopping 25 of 27 shots and shutting down the Panthers with a goal until the last minute of the 3rd Period, when on a 6-4 man advantage, Panthers Dadonov made it 3-2. Varlamov has allowed only 4 goals in the past 4 games.With all teams reving up their engines for a midseason playoff burst, Caps are a point behind Southeast Division Lightning for a first place automatic berth, and five points from falling to the conference 9th place and missing out on the playoffs. They can’t let up from their 6-0-2 streak going into Tuesday rematch against the Panthers.

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