Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Bjugstad scored in the 20th round of a shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
In the longest shootout in NHL history, both teams went through their entire lineup once, with Washington taking the lead five times only to see Florida answer on its last shot.
After Roberto Luongo waited out Alex Ovechkin, who missed the net with a sharp angle wrister to open the 20th round, Bjugstad got Braden Holtby to bite before burying a wrister into the right corner of the net.
It surpassed the previous shootout record of 15 rounds between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals on Nov. 26, 2005, which the Rangers won.
Derek MacKenzie scored in the first period and Luongo stopped 23 shots for the Panthers, who have won two of their last three.
"I don't know how many times guys scored to bail me out and keep me alive, but they did it," said Luongo. "Probably half of those goals I was beat, but the guys either hit the post or missed the net, so I'll take it."
Troy Brouwer had a power-play goal in the second period and Holtby finished the contest with 28 saves for the Capitals, who had won four of five coming into the contest.
"At first you just want to get the victory, but when it went to 16, 17 rounds you just started to enjoy it," said Washington head coach Barry Trotz. "You were just living in the moment and hoped that you would get the two points. Unfortunately we didn't."
The only goal of the first period went to Florida as a turnover behind the net saw the puck come out to the right circle and MackKenzie shoot it in at 9:36 for his third of the year.
Skating on the power play, Washington tied the game with 5:25 to play in the second after Brouwer's first shot from the inside right circle was blocked by a defender, but he picked up the loose puck and buried the second attempt.
Washington appeared to score a goal with 3:08 left in regulation after Brooks Laich got the puck in during a scrum in front. Replay, though, showed that he kicked it in with his left skate.
Florida plays in Philadelphia on Thursday ... Washington plays at Columbus on Thursday ... Washington was 1-for-2 on the power play and Florida went 0- for-2.