SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Alexander Semin scored the tiebreaking goal and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves against his former team as the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night.
Alex Ovechkin also scored as the Capitals moved two points behind the first-place Panthers in the Southeast Division.
Tomas Fleischmann scored for Florida and Jose Theodore stopped 39 shots.
Semin took a slap shot from above the right circle, and the puck deflected off the stick of Florida's Sean Bergenheim and past Theodore's glove with 6:33 to go.
The Capitals, who won for the first time in four games, tied the score on Ovechkin's power-play goal at 4:47 of the third. It was his team-leading 24th goal of the season.
Florida defenseman Mike Weaver took a stick to the face from Washington's Mike Knuble during a flurry in front and collapsed on the ice, leaving the Panthers a man short. The puck came out to Ovechkin below the left circle and he wristed it past Theodore.