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Theodore, Capitals zip Panthers

Mar 18, 2009 - 3:30 AM
SUNRISE, Florida (AP) -- Jose Theodore shut out Florida through two periods, and then his Washington Capitals teammates took care of the Panthers all by themselves in the third.

Theodore made 19 saves Tuesday night, in earning his second shutout of the season, and lifted the Capitals to a 3-0 win over the slumping Panthers, who didn't manage a shot in the third period.

"No shots in the third period," Theodore said, "that's a first for me."

Brooks Laich and Viktor Kozlov scored for Washington, which earned its fourth win in five games. Mike Green added an empty-net goal with 1:27 left, and John Erskine had two assists.

"I thought the defense as a whole played as good as I've seen them play all year," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "To hold them to zero shots in the third period and 19 in their building in a game that they had to win was quite a testament."

Florida dropped a fourth straight game for the first time since late December. The Panthers hadn't lost two consecutive home games since January.

"Tonight was the first night I've been really disappointed with how we've played," Florida coach Pete DeBoer said. "There's been very few nights this year where I've questioned our effort level. They haven't always been pretty and we haven't always won but usually we've brought a good desperation level, and the effort's always been there. Tonight, it was questionable."

Washington remained in third place in the Eastern Conference behind New Jersey, which beat Chicago 3-2. The Capitals had an opportunity to move into second place on Monday, but lost 5-1 to the Atlanta Thrashers in Washington's most lopsided defeat since a 6-2 loss to Florida on March 1.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 24 shots for Florida, which is in the midst of a five-game homestand.

Vokoun had lost two previous starts against Washington this season and is 1-6 in his last seven games against the Capitals.

"They played their third game in four nights. We didn't take advantage of that," Vokoun said. "It's tough. We need to get our power play going and get some kind of spark and it's crucial this time of year."

The Panthers went 8-5 in February but the team, coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, has been struggling of late. Florida, which has not been to the playoffs since 2000, entered Tuesday's game in ninth place in the East. The Panthers are one point behind eighth-place Carolina.

"If you can't look at the standings and create that desperation now, I don't know how you create it," DeBoer said. "We know where we're sitting and the fight we're in. That should be self-manufactured this time of year. You're not going to create that if they can't create it themselves."

Kozlov's goal made it 2-0 at 2:36 of the third period, beating Vokoun with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. The Capitals took a 1-0 lead with Laich's short-handed goal at 5:46 in the second period. Laich's wrist shot from a sharp angle found the back of the net for his 18th goal.

"I threw the puck at the net," Laich said. "I watched the replay and he was a little outside the crease, maybe he played the angle a little bit too much. It's a lucky goal, but you throw the puck at the net, you never know what happens."

Alex Ovechkin, held without a point for the first time in 11 games on Monday, had an assist on Green's goal, but it was the first time in a month that he has had back-to-back games without netting a goal.






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    Capitals 3, Panthers 0  FinalMar 18 10:49 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 1 2 3
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: WAS - (SH) BROOKS LAICH 18 (JOHN ERSKINE) 5:46
    3RD PRD: WAS - VIKTOR KOZLOV 12 (MICHAEL NYLANDER, JOHN ERSKINE) 2:36
    WAS - (EN) MIKE GREEN 25 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, ALEX OVECHKIN)
    18:33
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSION

    Mar 17 10:46 PM


  • ------------------------------------
    Washington
    0 1 2 --3
    Florida 0 0 0 --0
    ------------------------------------

    Shots on goal:
    ---------------------------------------
    Washington 12 5 8 --25
    Florida 8 11 0 --19
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    Goalies : Washington, Jose Theodore (19 shots, 19 saves). Florida,
    Tomas Vokou

    Mar 17 9:56 PM


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    WASHINGTON 3
    FLORIDA 0
    3RD PRD: WAS - (EN) MIKE GREEN 25 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, ALEX OVECHKIN)
    18:33

    Capitals 3, Panthers 0  3rd - 1:27Mar 17 9:51 PM


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    WASHINGTON 2
    FLORIDA 0
    3RD PRD: WAS - VIKTOR KOZLOV 12 (MICHAEL NYLANDER, JOHN ERSKINE) 2:36

    Capitals 2, Panthers 0  3rd - 17:24Mar 17 9:26 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 1 1
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: WAS - (SH) BROOKS LAICH 18 (JOHN ERSKINE) 5:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 12 5 17
    FLA 8 11 19
    GOALIES: WAS - JOSE THEODOR

    Mar 17 9:03 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 1
    FLORIDA 0
    2ND PRD: WAS - (SH) BROOKS LAICH 18 (JOHN ERSKINE) 5:46

    Capitals 1, Panthers 0  2nd - 14:14Mar 17 8:39 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0
    FLORIDA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 12 12
    FLA 8 8
    GOALIES: WAS - JOSE THEODORE
    FLA - TOMAS VOKOUN

    Mar 17 8:13 PM
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