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UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 21: Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Florida Panthers defends the net during the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 21, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Tomas Vokoun blanked his former team with a 20-save performance, and the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Tuesday night to improve to 5-0, the best start in franchise history. Marcus Johansson, Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals, who led 1-0 heading into the third period. Washington and Detroit are the only NHL teams to win all their games thus far. The Capitals' four-game winning streak at home to start the season is also a club record. Vokoun was rarely tested, but he couldn't afford a slip-up in a tightly played defensive struggle. It was the 45th NHL shutout for the 35-year-old goalie, who played the previous four seasons with Florida. He left for the Capitals after failing to reach a contract agreement with the Panthers over the summer. Pressed into extensive action while Michal Neuvirth works to return from a foot injury, Vokoun improved to 4-0 this season. Vokoun wasn't the only player matched up against his old team. Florida's Matt Bradley and Tomas Fleischmann are former Capitals, along with goaltender Jose Theodore, who watched from the bench for the first time this season. Florida's Jacob Markstrom stopped 29 shots in his first NHL start, but was victimized by Johansson in the first period and by Semin at 1:49 of the third period. Chimera scored into an empty net. That was more than enough to provide the Capitals with their first 5-0 start. Each of their previous four games were decided by one goal, and three of those went to overtime. Washington outshot Florida 11-2 in the first period and took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Johansson, whose shot from the right side slipped through Markstrom's pads. Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin earned assists. The Capitals took the game's first nine shots before the Panthers finally tested Vokoun at 11:40 of the period on a blast from the blue line by Ed Jovanovski before a line change. A few minutes later, Washington held the NHL's top-ranked, power-play unit without a shot while killing an interference penalty against Roman Hamrlik. Midway through the second period, Capitals defenseman Mike Green took a cross-ice pass and fired a shot from the top of the left circle that Markstrom deflected after sliding quickly across the crease. Five minutes later, Markstrom denied Chimera on a breakaway. Florida took the puck the other way, and Vokoun kicked aside a shot by a charging David Booth. Semin all but clinched it with a goal from the bottom of the right circle early in the final period. He scored after taking a lead pass from Mike Knuble, NOTES: The Capitals recalled G Dany Sabourin from the AHL Hershey Bears as the backup to Vokoun. Neuvirth was scratched. ... Florida was playing its second game in two nights, the first of 14 such back-to-back assignments. The Panthers won 7-4 at Tampa Bay on Monday. ... Washington went 4-0 in 1991 and 1997 before losing.
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