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Ovechkin scored twice from in close on the power play, and weaved through traffic for his other goal, as the Capitals (19-17-2) improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games in completing a four-game season sweep of the Panthers.
The Southeast Division-leading Capitals, who scored at least five goals against Florida in their previous three games, struck quickly with a pair of goals from Mike Ribeiro and Ovechkin within 1:41 early in the second period.
“He brings us energy. He’s doing what we expect him to do,” Holtby said. “That’s the player we expect out of him and he’s doing a great job of it.”
The Panthers, who were seeking their fourth straight victory, rallied in the third period behind two goals from Tomas Kopecky and another by Peter Mueller.
Ovechkin, who has 23 goals this season, started his night by beating Jacob Markstrom from the stick side following a 5-minute boarding penalty to Panthers‘ defenseman Erik Gudbranson in the first period. Ovechkin tipped in a cross-ice pass from Ribeiro just over a minute following the major.
“The guys did a great job to find me. I just had to put it in the net,” Ovechkin said.
Gudbranson’s penalty, which included a game misconduct, followed a hit from behind to right-winger Martin Erat at the 14:37 mark of the first period.
Erat, who came over from Nashville and made his debut with the Capitals on April 4, was down for several minutes and had to be helped off the ice with a lower body injury. He did not return and will be re-evaluated Sunday morning.
Florida coach Kevin Dineen made a critical error when he failed to send a player to the penalty box following Gudbranson’s major. The result left the Panthers a man short even after the five-minute penalty had expired.
“That was a big changing, turning point in the game. It gets hung on me,” Dineen said. “I didn’t put a guy in the penalty box, the penalty expires, we have nobody to come out of the box, so we’re still short and we ended up taking another (penalty). They scored one at the beginning of the second. Bad coaching error by me.”
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