This was a game that the Washington Capitals had to win.
And for the first time in awhile, the Capitals came up with a win in a "must-win" game, defeating the Florida Panthers by a 2-1 score inside BankAtlantic Center on Friday night.
Riding goals from team Russian Sniper, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, in the third period, and 22 saves from Tomas Vokoun, who was fresh off a bout with the flu, Washington got done what they needed to get done in a tough building.
The game did not start out very well for the Capitals, who gave up power play opportunities often in the first period. Washington eventually got some momentum back from some shots on goal, but it was the Panthers who drew first blood, as former Capital Tomas Fleischmann was left unmarked near the top of the circles and beat Vokoun clean for a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, the Capitals absolutely dominated the shot marker. Washington was controlling the pace of play, forechecking well, and getting good chances f...