Panthers Experience Deja Vu in OT Loss

For the second time in less than 24 hours, the Florida Panthers tied the game in the third period, but like last night, lost the game in the first minute of overtime. Alexander Semin scored on a nifty give and go with Marcus Johansson, beating Scott Clemmensen five hole, and the Washington Capitals beat the Panthers 3-2, Sunday afternoon in Sunrise.

Florida drew first blood 15:03 into the first period, on a two-on-one goal by Bill Thomas. Michal Repik took the puck across the blue line, and fed Thomas a cross ice pass. Thomas lifted the puck just enough to get it over Michal Neuvirth.

However, just a couple of minutes later, the Capitals got the game tied on a strike from Nicklas Backstrom. Alexander Ovechkin hit Backstrom with a nice pass in the high slot, and Backstrom’s shot beat Clemmensen over the glove.

Washington made it 2-1, in the middle of the second period, on a delayed penalty call. With the goaltender pulled, the Capitals threw the puck at the net, and Boyd Gordon found a juicy rebound, which he backhanded into the open net. Gordon’s goal at 10:02 second of the season.

The Panthers tied the game in dramatic fashion, on a two-man advantage. All five Panthers touched the puck in the attack zone, before David Booth backhanded a rebound attempt passed Neuvirth.

The Caps jumped back into first place in the Southeast Division.

Florida, which began a seven game home stand today, has lost five straight games. They are tied for the league lead with seven home overtime losses. The Panthers face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

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