August 14, 2022

GAME 53 RE-CAP: Capitals Answer Hunter’s Call With “Playoff” Performance, Shut Florida Out 4-0

Mathieu Perreault found the back of the net thirteen seconds into the game Tuesday night and the Washington Capitals never looked back. Washington kept piling on the goals and netminder Tomas Vokoun remained stalwart in net, dominating until the final buzzer in a 4-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers.

Celebrating Ovi's second goal of the night on Feb. 7. (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

With the victory, Washington (28-21-4) vaulted over Florida (24-17-11) into first place in the Southeast Division and the third spot overall in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, while the visiting Panthers tumbled to second place in the division and ninth in the conference.

Head coach Dale Hunter termed Tuesday’s game a must-win “playoff game,” and the Capitals responded to their coach’s exhortation with aplomb. Captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice, and Perreault and Jason Chimera potted momentum-changers within the opening moments of the first and second period to keep Florida on its heels the entire game. [Read more…]

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