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Mikael Samuelsson beats Michal Neuvirth from long distance

Feb 1, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

Well, at least Craig Anderson won’t feel lonely on blooper reels this week.

On a night when the Penguins-Maple Leafs and Rangers-Sabres games produced one regulation goal combined,* Michal Neuvirth‘s rough goal stands out that much more. Much like Dennis Seidenberg, Mikael Samuelsson gets to pad his stats with this long-distance tally:

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The Florida Panthers went on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a fairly important game, as this places the banged-up Rats one point ahead of wounded Washington for the Southeast Division lead. The regulation loss hurts the Caps even more because they’ve been knocked out of the East’s top eight for the time being.

Obviously that goal doesn’t tell the whole story – Neuvirth helped Washington stay in the game by making 34 out of 37 saves – but it did stake Florida to a valuable 1-0 lead. It also might be the kind of clip that people lean on if the Panthers win the division and the Capitals find themselves out of the playoffs altogether once April rolls around …

* – More on those games later, but Toronto got revenge on Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win while Henrik Lundqvist‘s shutout was better than Ryan Miller‘s as New York earned a 1-0 shootout win against Buffalo.

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  1. ravenscaps48 - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Pathetic… Trades coming to this team for sure… Look for Joel Ward, Mike Knuble, Jeff Schultz, Michal Neuvirth, and John Carlson to be in different uniforms come D-Day

  2. yettyskills - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Ward, Schultz and Carlson isnt going anywhere

  3. stakex - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Wow, thats a horrible goal to give up. Its one thing if the puck takes a funny bounce or something… but that was just a strait wrist shot. Absolutely no excuse for that from an NHL goalie. Hell, I would expect a mens D league goalie to stop a shot like that……..

  4. lsxphotog - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    It’s what they get for not starting Vokun against Florida…AGAIN.

    I’ve scored a goal exactly like this on a dump for a line change and didn’t expect it to go in but he wasn’t ready and it went high glove side on him. I’m also not in the NHL…no excuse there. haha

  5. seanp703 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Funny how Theo always comes down with an injury the day of or before a game against the caps. Keep cocoon out of the net. He is garbage and needs to be traded.

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