Gameday Recap — February 9th, 2019 — Florida Panthers @ Washington Capitals

Florida Panthers (22-22-8 52pts) at Washington Capitals (30-18-6 66pts)

Florida Panthers Lineups:

Frank Vatrano – Aleksander Barkov – Evgenii Dadonov

Jonathan Huberdeau – Vincent Trocheck – Derick Brassard

Mike Hoffman – Michael Haley – Riley Sheahan

Troy Brouwer – Denis Malgin – Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle – Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson – Mark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen – Josh Brown

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Injuries: Jayce Hawryluk (lower body), Derek MacKenzie (upper body), 52-MacKenzie Weegar (illness)

Scratches: Bogdan Kiselevich, Henrik Borgstrom



Washington Capitals Lineups:

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – TJ Oshie

Jakub Vrana – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky – Lars Eller – Brett Connolly

Dmitrij Jaskin – Nic Down – Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny – John Carlson

Dmitri Orlov – Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik – Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Injured: none

Scratched: Chandler Stephenson, Madison Bowey, DeVante Smith-Pelly





1st Period:


Florida Penalty: Ian McCoshen for Holding – 2 min minor – 5:34


Washington Penalty: TJ Oshie for Tripping – 2 min minor – 10:54


Florida Goal: Frank Vitrano (18) assisted by Vincent Trochek (14), Aaron Ekblad (14) – 12:55


Florida Goal: Keith Yandle (8) assisted by Denis Malgin (7) and Riley Sheahan (4) – 13:30



Washington Penalty: Christian Djoos for Elbowing – 2 min minor – 16:35


End of 1st – FLA – 2       WAS – 0

Shots               09                09

Faceoffs         12                07

Hits               06                  08

PP                 0/2                 0/1



Need to do: The Capitals need to create a little more chaos around the net.   Florida scored two quick goals after the TJ Oshie tripping penalty and Washington needs to play offensively a bit stronger


Analysis:  The Capitals played a strong first 10 minutes of the period but would start to turn the puck over more and would allow to quick goals after the TJ Oshie penalty.  There would be a very questionable penalty call on Djoos for elbowing after Colton Sceviour would run into Djoos’ elbow.



2nd Period:


Washington Goal: Brett Connolly (11) assisted by Andre Burakovsky (7) – 5:02



Florida Goal: Colton Sceviour (5) assisted by Aaron Ekblad (15) – 9:17



Washington Penalty: Brett Connolly for Slashing – 2 min minor – 16:33


Washington Goal: Lars Eller (7) assisted by Nic Dowd (10) and Brett Connolly (17) – 19:19



End of 2nd – FLA – 3       WAS – 2

Shots              18                20

Faceoffs         22                21

Hits               13                  11

PP                 0/3                 0/1




Need to Do:  The Capitals need to try and focus on the game and continue playing a hard 20 minutes and avoid turnovers and the penalty box.  The Capitals have given up a couple of penalties in this game and need to play their game.


Analysis:  This would be a slow period for both teams.  Washington would score two goals in the period to bring the contest within a goal.  Lots of good back and forth action between the Panthers and Capitals but when Eller scored, play continued until ten seconds after the goal was scored.  This happened due the puck going in and out of the net in a very fast pace until the whistle came and the Situation Room in Toronto would call this a good goal.


3rd Period:

Florida Goal: Derick Brassard (10) unassisted – :07

Washington Goal: Brett Connolly (12) assisted by Andre Burakovsky (8) and Lars Eller (17) – 6:12


Washington Goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov (13) assisted by Dmitry Orlov (13) and Alex Ovechkin (24) – 16:54



Washington Penalty: Brett Connolly for Slashing – 2 min minor – 19:56


End of 3rd – FLA – 4       WAS – 4

Shots              27                30

Faceoffs         31                31

Hits               20                  16

PP                 0/4*                 0/1

*- 1:56 left in the Power Play



Florida PPG: Mike Hoffman (25) assisted by Keith Yandle (34) and Aleksander Barkov (34) – 1:31


End of OT – FLA – 5       WAS – 4

Shots              31                30

Faceoffs         32                31

Hits               20                  16

PP                 1/4                 0/1


Postgame Analysis:  The Washington Capitals would fall after taking the late penalty in the third period to the Florida Panthers.  Washington would fall behind early and would do their best to overcome two different deficits of two goals but it would not be enough as the Capitals would fall to the Florida Panthers 5-4 in overtime.

The Washington Capitals look to rebound from this loss on Monday night when the Washington Capitals take on the Los Angeles Kings.

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