Caps blanked by Vokoun, drop fourth straight

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WASHINGTON | Bruce Boudreau spared no one, not even Alex Ovechkin, after the Washington Capitals settled into their longest losing streak in over a year.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 36 shots in his third shutout of the season, and the Florida Panthers ended a six-game losing streak against the Capitals with a 3-0 victory Thursday night.

Washington went 0 for 8 on the power play and lost its fourth straight — the team’s longest skid since Oct. 6-12, 2009.

“If your best players aren’t your best players, you’re not going to have success,” Boudreau said. “You have to get production out of your best players, and it’s not happening for us right now.”

In the first period, the Capitals were denied on all five power-play opportunities, including a two-man advantage that lasted for nearly two minutes.

After that, Washington made it easy for Vokoun to complete his 41st career shutout.

“You could see at the end of the first period, we started to try to do things as individuals instead of collectively,” Boudreau said. “When that happens, it’s tough.”

It was the third time in 11 games the Capitals were blanked. A year ago, Washington led the league in goals and wins.

Alex (Ovechkin) has two goals in 11 games, (Alexander) Semin hasn’t scored in seven or eight games. Mike Green hasn’t gotten a goal in I don’t know how many games,” Boudreau lamented. “Same thing with Nick Backstrom; he scored in the St. Louis game which was five games ago, but that was it. You can go farther down with Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble.”

Ovechkin couldn’t deny Boudreau’s assertion.

“It feels pretty bad,” he said. “We had, I think, 20 minutes of power play and we didn’t play how we have to play. We played so casual, and you can see the results.”

Much of the credit goes to Vokoun, who repeatedly frustrated the Capitals during the pivotal first period.

“Thankfully we survived that first period with hard work and a little luck,” Vokoun said. “It gave us momentum. After that, I think we played pretty well.”

Michael Frolik, Steve Bernier and Mike Santorelli scored for the Panthers, who have won a season-high three straight. Florida went 0-6 against Washington last season.

“That means we can beat anybody in this league,” Frolik said. “I think that’s important for our confidence.”

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