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Capitals get into record book with fast start

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The Washington Capitals scored their second-fastest four goals in franchise history Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

The Caps scored four times in 8:10, which, according to Elias Sports Bureau, was the second-fastest behind only 6:49 against the Minnesota North Stars on Jan. 21, 1986.

Florida rookie goaltender Jacob Markstrom gave up two goals on the first two shots he faced. Defenseman John Erskine blasted one from the blue line just to get a puck on net that beat Markstrom at 1:58, and then Wojtek Wolski scored on a wraparound at 3:10.

It didn’t get much better for Panthers backup Scott Clemmensen, who gave up a goal on a John Carlson point blast at 5:38 and then a Mike Ribeiro one-timer at 8:10. Those two goals came on the first six shots Clemmensen faced.

Ten different Caps players, including recently signed defenseman Steve Oleksy, registered at least a point in the game’s first 8:10.

The fastest four goals in any span of a game in Caps history was 1:56, against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 13, 1987.

Thanks to Ben Guerrero of Capitals PR for assist on research.

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