Capitals lose to Panthers; final score 5-4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Stephen Weiss scored two goals to lead the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Monday night.
Mike Santorelli, Dmitry Kulikov and Sean Bergenheim also scored goals for Florida and Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots. Kulikov also had two assists and Brian Campbell had three assists.
Mike Knuble, Cody Eakin, Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera scored goals for the Capitals.
Michal Neuvirth made 25 saves, but struggled in his second start under new coach Dale Hunter.
The Capitals have lost five straight road games and nine of 12 overall.
The Panthers have a seven-point lead over the Capitals in the Southeast Division.
Trailing 5-2, the Capitals scored two goals in the third period.
The first came on Laich's wrist shot at 12:09 that made it 5-3. Chimera's shot deflected off Clemmensen and into the net at 18:16 to bring the Caps within one goal.
Weiss' second goal of the game and 11th of the season came at 12:11 of the second. Tomas Fleischmann passed the puck back to Weiss in the right circle. His wrister went high into the net and gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead.
Washington made it 5-2 late in the second when Mathieu Perreault passed the puck from behind the net to Eakin in the right circle. His shot beat Clemmensen with 20 seconds left in the period.
The Panthers stretched their lead to 4-1 in the second on a power-play goal by Bergenheim. Bergenheim picked up a loose puck behind the net and his wraparound went in at 3:41.
Florida scored two goals in 13 seconds to take a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Weiss took a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off a Washington player and past Neuvirth on the glove side at 6:50. Santorelli's wrist shot from low in the right circle got past Neuvirth at 7:03.
The Panthers made it 3-0 on Kulikov's power-play goal. His slap shot from above the right circle beat Neuvirth at 16:31.
The Capitals answered back 40 seconds later when Knuble's shot from the right circle went through the legs of Clemmensen to make it 3-1.
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