Menu

Wideman scores in overtime, Panthers top Capitals

Dennis Wideman scored a power-play goal in overtime and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

After the Panthers squandered a three-goal lead, Wideman's wrist shot from the right circle beat Michal Neuvirth on the glove side at 2:51 of overtime. Mike Santorelli, Marty Reasoner and David Booth also scored for Florida, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 30 shots.

Marcus Johansson scored two goals for Washington and Mike Knuble added another. Neuvirth had 37 saves as the Capitals lost for just the third time in 10 games.

Florida scored twice in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead during a 5-on-3 power play. Stephen Weiss took a shot from Neuvirth's left that off the goalie. Santorelli grabbed the rebound and poked it in at 9:52.

It was only the second power-play goal for the Panthers in their last 22 chances. The Capitals had killed off 33 of 34 power plays until Santorelli's goal.

The Panthers went ahead 2-0 at 12:14. Bryan McCabe took a shot from the left point that deflected off Reasoner's skate and into the net. The Capitals were outshot 20-7 in the period.

Florida scored its second goal with a two-man advantage at 6:48 of the second. Weiss' shot from in close was blocked, but Booth was able to backhand in the rebound.

Washington closed to 3-1 at 10:10 of the second. Johansson exchanged cross-ice passes with Brooks Laich before firing a wrist shot from the right circle. The puck glanced off Vokoun's glove and into the net.

The Capitals made it a one-goal deficit on Knuble's goal at 13:30. Alex Ovechkin passed from the left circle to Knuble, whose wrist shot got past Vokoun, who had come out of the net to block the shot.

Washington tied it at 7:12 of the third on Johansson's second goal. The puck came off the end boards and a shot by Matt Hendricks put it in front of the crease and between Vokoun's knees. As Vokoun tried to cover up, Johnasson pushed in the puck and it was 3-all.

NOTES: Washington's leading scorer, Alexander Semin, remains day-to-day with an lower-body injury sustained last Saturday against Florida. ... The Capitals have scored three or more goals in seven of their past nine games. ... Florida forward Chris Higgins missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury. ... Panthers forward Evgeny Dadanov was picked as one of the rookies to participate in the skills competition at the NHL All-Star game.