Washington Capitals: Caps Win Second Straight with Dramatic Comeback at Florida

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIFebruary 12, 2013

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 12: The Washington Capitals mob Troy Brouwer #20 after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. The Capitals defeated the Panthers 6-5 in overtime.(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Though only two games, a win streak has got to feel great for the Washington Capitals. The Caps beat the Florida Panthers for the second time in a row on Tuesday night with a 6-5 overtime victory. Troy Brouwer put the puck in the back of the net just 32 seconds into the extra period and sent Washington home happy.

The Caps started the night on the right foot when team points leader Mike Ribeiro put the visitors on top just four minutes into the game on a power play goal. The goal was his fourth of the season.

However, the lead was short lived. The Panthers posted two goals within three minutes of each other to take a 2-1 victory into the first break. The Florida goals were scored by former Capitals Tomas Fleischmann and Shawn Matthias.

Both teams traded multiple second period goals to bring the score to 4-3 in favor of Florida. Karl Alzner and Matt Hendricks scored for Washington, while Jonathan Huberdeau connected twice in the period for the Panthers.

Washington found itself in a familiar spot, facing a deficit in the final period of play. Things got worse for the Caps when Drew Shore scored his first goal of the year at 6:25, giving the home team a commanding two-goal advantage.

With time not on their side, the Capitals had to make a rally late in the game. Eric Fehr, who is in his second stint with the team, scored his first goal of the year at 14:53 to pull to within one. Star winger Alexander Ovechkin, who already had an earlier assist, connected on a power play chance just three minutes later to send the game to the extra frame.

While Washington goalie Braden Holtby wasn't particularly sharp, he was bailed out by his teammates in earning his second win in as many starts. Holtby finished the game with a save percentage of just .844.

Things seem to be turning around for a Capitals team that has had an unimpressive start to the shortened season. Newly acquired Mike Ribeiro continued his hot start to the year, scoring a goal and adding two assists in the victory.

Ovechkin, who got off to a slow start this season, now has goals in three straight games.

Washington will look to continue the momentum on Thursday when it travels to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning.