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Florida upsets Washington in 10-round shootout

Dec 13, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 5: Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Florida Panthers skates with the puck during a NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at the BB&T Center on November 5, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. Getty Images

It couldn’t have been the scenario the Florida Panthers wanted. Even though they beat the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout on Tuesday, on paper Florida looked outmatched by the Washington Capitals when it came to the skills competition.

Washington went into tonight’s contest with a league-leading seven shootout wins in nine attempts. Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen got off to a shaky start, but he went on to best six straight shooters until forward Tomas Kopecky finally scored for Florida in the 10th round to secure the 3-2 victory.

After his four-goal night on Tuesday, Ovechkin was shut down by the Panthers. They limited him to just two shots on goal and the superstar was equally ineffective tonight in the shootout. However, Joel Ward did become the second player on the team to reach the 10-goal milestone.

With that, the Panthers have now won four of their last five games, making this the best stretch of their 11-17-5 campaign. Meanwhile, the Capitals have dropped to 17-12-3 and have consequently slipped a point in the battle with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Metropolitan Division title.

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  1. alicesrightfootesq - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    That was an awesome shootout. Back-to-back Forsberg goals, Bjugstag’s diving goal, and great goaltending to finish it off.

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I really want to see Florida get a wild card spot somehow, if for nothing else, the idea that a team like that can pull it off. While once the playoffs come, I want to see them squashed by bugs, since they play in the East against my team, I still think it would be a good story.

    Its also a possibility..

    Look- They have 27 points right now. The team they would have to beat at the moment is Toronto with 35 points to get a wild card spot. Toronto, who has been on a losing skid, plays its next 3 games against, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and… Florida.

    That means, if Florida wins their next game against Montreal, and then beats Toronto, they’d only be 4 points out of a wild card spot. After that, Toronto plays Phoenix, and Detroit. If Toronto loses all, or the majority of those games, and Florida continues this upswing.. well.. the wildcard game could be viewed by 10,000 roaring fans in Florida.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      I obviously meant I want them squashed “like” bugs, not “by” bugs, as that would not only be a tragedy, but would also force me into hiding, as mutants have taken over the landscape, and life as we know it has ended.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        Actually, it was more than 10,000 fans. Attendance was over 15,000 tonight, albeit there was a John Vanbiesbrouck bobble head give away tonight. But for whatever it’s worth, there was a noticeably larger crowd tonight.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        Even better! People like bobble heads. People like Vanbiesbrouck. I think Florida is starting to figure this whole thing out! Next up- removing paper from glass BEFORE you put it up. Beleive it or not, those people want to see the game! I know, I know.. Your used to having people cover their eyes at home games.. but this is a new era. We’re turning the tide here. Lets keep those eyes pried open with pliers! Figuratively, of course.

        After that- Forcing Tim Thomas to give up the 1985 special helmet he’s using if he can make it back from injury. Timmy, I love ya. I lived and died through your time in Boston.. but Tim.. its so hard to take an aging goalie seriously, when his helmet looks like he borrowed it from Chris Osgood before the game.

      • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        PeterJoseph – from an environmental perspective, the planet would be far better off with ‘mutants & bugs’ running the world than we ‘know it all’ humans … everyday, the world’s forests are being reduced (net) by an area equivalent in size to the state of New Jersey … some call it the ‘paradox’ of intelligence, as it seems the more we know, the more we don’t …

        anyway, this phenomena is very much consistent with your own supposition that if ‘A’ defeats ‘B’ and ‘B’ defeats ‘C’, then surely ‘A’ will defeat ‘C’ … I would submit to you friend that your thinking is flawed and ‘fanciful’ at best … for the truth is that you don’t have a ‘clue’ as to what will ‘actually’ happen … two years ago, we LA Kings were a lowly ‘Z’ going into the playoffs ,,, and then we took A, B, C and whoever else by the throats and we taught those people a lesson they’ll never soon forget ! .. so save your suppositions, as we Kings are on the march yet again … and when that happens, all bets are off !

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. blomfeld - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    the ‘Metropolitan Division’ title … also known as “Ruler of the Sandbox” ! :)

    Good on the Panthers for putting Ovi in his place ! … though let’s hope they were able to replace that sheet of glass okay eh ?

    In all seriousness friends, I’m still finding this massive disparity between the ‘meager’ east and the ‘turbo-charged’ west as being downright incredulous ! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think we’ve ever even seen anything like this before ? Of course there were always ‘one off’s’ from the west in the past, such as the Ducks in ’07 or the Kings with 103 points in 74-75, etc. However an argument could legitimately be made that California is now the new ‘center’ of NHL power today, with Staples being the ‘epicenter’ itself ! You just gotta love it man ! :)

    note: next up friends are the Ottawa Senators … or Senators as in ‘state funded parasites’ … like seriously, who names their team after a bunch of money-grubbing leeches ?

    BE HAPPY KINGS FANS ! … THESE ARE ‘GOOD’ TIMES ! :)

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      ……. You probably have a lot of kiddie-porn on your computer

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        I swear I just spit my drink out..

        I also swear I’ve always pictured blomfeld with those aviator style glasses with the bar across the top with big lenses. Possibly a flannel button up or two. Trench coat.. Those kind of things.

        But in all due respect, I appreciate blomfeld. He’s passionate about the way he goes about commenting on a few different sports boards, and you’ll always get a one of a kind, unique opinion, with some kind of music video that apparently seems to have a connection with the topic at hand, yet almost never makes sense. Its like a riddle.

        A riddle I wouldn’t devote any time trying to figure out even if the creepy Saw puppet guy rode his tricycle into my living room and told me I was going to die of a rare venereal disease if I didn’t solve it in 10 minutes or less.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Oh, and blomfeld, in response to your reply to my earlier comment-

        I respect your opinion… but that paragraph was one big contradiction. If no one knows what’s going to happen, how are you so sure about the Kings?

        Second, I could care less what happens to the Panthers.. It and doesn’t really matter to the Kings either.. The Panthers could win out the rest of the season, beat the Kings twice, save babies, and it still wouldn’t affect the Kings chances of making the playoffs in the West. I just want to see them make it to the wild card game. Its a feel good story, and if nothing else, will help expand hockey in the Southeast, just like it did for LA a few years back.

  4. drewzducks - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    If we needed any further evidence that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

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