While the Washington Capitals have dominated the Florida Panthers in the last two years at Verizon Center, Thursday night the Caps took it to a whole new level in a 7-1 destruction of their Southeast Division foe.
The Capitals scored four times in the first 8:10 of the contest – second-fastest time to the four-goal mark in team history – and crushed the Panthers to move within a game of the .500 points mark for the first time since the team’s home opener back on January 22 – when they were 0-1.
Washington has outscored Florida 23-3 in their last five meetings at Verizon Center, with three shutouts, and overall have scored 18 goals in three games against Florida, 27 percent of their season’s production. More importantly for the Capitals, they moved to within six points of the Southeast lead with Carolina’s 4-2 loss to Montreal. [Read more...]