Panthers win wild shootout


The Florida Panthers cooled off Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Tomas Kopecky scored the winning goal in the 10th round of a shootout in the Panthers’ 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Friday.

Kopecky’s goal went high over Philipp Grubauer and into the net. It came after Florida missed five previous chances to win the game during the shootout.

The shootout matched the second-longest in Panthers history. The longest was 11 rounds against the Capitals on Nov. 28, 2007, a 2-1 Florida victory.

“Obviously, it feels good, especially to win the game and get that extra point,” Kopecky said. “We need every point right now.”

Florida won for the fourth time in five games and snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Capitals. Washington lost for the first time in four games.

Ovechkin was held without a point. He scored in each of the last seven games against the Panthers, and had four goals Tuesday night in a 6-5 overtime victory over Tampa Bay.

“He’s one of the hottest players in the league and we know he can turn a game real fast,” Panthers coach Peter Horachek said. “As a team we tried to pay attention to him. I think the guys did a really good job.”

Jonathan Huberdeau, Brad Boyes, and Nick Bjugstad also scored in the tiebreaker for Florida. Aleksander Barkov and Dylan Olsen had regulation goals, and Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves.

Clemmensen has had plenty of experience facing Ovechkin and the Capitals.

“He’s a Panther killer, has been ever since I’ve been here and this is my fifth year,” Clemmensen said. “So you’re always aware when he’s out there.”

Eric Fehr, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mikhail Grabovski scored shootout goals for Washington.

In other games

Penguins 3, Devils 2

In Pittsburgh, Pascal Dupuis scored 41 seconds into the game and the streaking Penguins used a big first period to beat New Jersey.

Chris Conner and Jayson Megna also scored in the first for Metropolitan-leading Pittsburgh, which has won seven of eight. The Penguins also extended their home winning to seven games.

Marc Andre-Fleury improved to 12-2 at Consol Energy Center, making 37 saves — many of them on quality chances over the final 40 minutes of the game.

Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus scored 56 seconds apart early in the second period, but New Jersey dropped to 1-4-1 in its past six. Cory Schneider had 20 stops.

Canucks 4, Oilers 0

In Vancouver, Roberto Luongo made 19 saves for his 65th career shutout and the Canucks beat Edmonton for their sixth straight win.

After losing a shutout bid in the final seconds Sunday in a victory over Colorado, Luongo moved within one of Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for 14th place on the career list. Luongo has three shutouts this season.

Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dale Weise scored to help Vancouver improve to 19-10-5.