The Capitals squandered a two-goal lead, but still managed the 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
How it happened: The Caps took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov, but they allowed the Panthers to come back with Jaromir Jagr providing the game-tying tally in the second period. With the score tied, Alex Ovechkin tipped in a shot from Matt Niskanen in the third period for his second goal of the season. That would prove to be the game-winner.
What it means: The win was the Caps' first road win of the season and the first against the Atlantic Division. Last season, the Caps found success against the Atlantic with a record of 33-5-3. With a record of 3-0-1, the Caps have earned at least one point in each of their games in the early season.
Quick Strike: Justin Williams put the Caps on the board at the 8:25 mark in the first period as he took a very nice pass from Nate Schmidt and got two good whacks on it before he sent it past goalie Roberto Luongo. Just 1:56 later, Evgeny Kuznetsov deflected a shot over the pad of Luongo for his first goal of the season. Before the Panthers knew what had hit them, they were trailing 2-0.
750 for Jagr: With his second period goal, Jaromir Jagr became the third player in NHL history to score 750 goals. Only Wayne Gretzky (894 goals) and Gordie Howe (801) had previously reached that mark. Of his 750 goals, 83 came while Jagr was a member of the Capitals.
Saved by the whistle: With the Caps clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Panthers thought they had pulled even as Colton Sceviour hit the puck underneath Holtby while laying on the ice. The goal was immediately waved off, however, as the referee had blown his whistle. The play would be reviewed, but it was ruled that the whistle had indeed blown before the goal.
A heavier workload: On Tuesday, the Caps suffocated the Colorado Avalanche's offense, allowing only 18 shots on goal on Philipp Grubauer. The workload was considerably heavier for Braden Holtby on Thursday. Florida finished with 28 shots for the game which by itself is not all that high. Half of those shots, however, came in the second period as the Caps were outshot 14-4. Florida managed only one goal in those 14 shots, but it was a significant one as it tied the game at 2.
Look ahead: The Capitals return home for their first date with the New York Rangers of the season. Then they hit the road for a four-game road trip through Western Canada.
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