Caps fall in OT despite late heroics
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has a flare for the dramatic, from is wacky bird-like celebrations to his dazzling passes to his recent string of crunch-time goals. With his team 3 minutes, 6 seconds away from defeat, Kuznetsov rifled a shot from the right wall, tying the game, the third time he’s flashed some late-game heroism this week. But even that couldn’t salvage a game in which Washington repeatedly clawed back in spite of its repeated blunders.
The Capitals lost to the Florida Panthers, 5-4, in overtime, on a power-play goal by Mike Hoffman. Washington had limited its penalties and buttoned-up defensively over the past week, cutting down on the breakaways and odd-man rushes allowed, but the Capitals fell back into some bad habits against the Panthers. The loss keeps Washington four points back of the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.
Kuznetsov scored the game-winning tally in the last minute against the Calgary Flames on Feb. 1, and he also scored the overtime winner last game against the Colorado Avalanche. Since returning from the bye week, he has four goals with four assists in the past five games.