SUNRISE (CBSMiami/AP) —The fans in attendance at the BB&T Center on Tuesday night witnessed their hometown Florida Panthers win a game in a truly historical way.
Nick Bjugstad scored the game-winning goal in the longest shootout in NHL history to lift the Panthers over the Washington Capitals by the score of 2-1.
Bjugstad’s goal came in the 20th round — on the 40th shot of the shootout — and beat Braden Holtby on the right side. The previous NHL record was 15 rounds, when the New York Rangers beat Washington on Nov. 26, 2005.
The Panthers outscored the Capitals 6-5 in the tiebreaker; the six goals were the most ever in a shootout. Jussi Jokinen, Dave Bolland, Derek MacKenzie, Sean Bergenheim and Dylan Olsen were also successful for Florida.
The Panthers were down to their last shot five times and answered each time with a goal.
Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, John Carlson and Brooks Orpik had shootout goals for the Capitals.
Derek MacKenzie scored in regulation for Florida, and Roberto Luongo made 23 saves.
Troy Brouwer scored in regulation for Washington. Holtby stopped 28 shots.
The Panthers are 4-0-1 in their last five home games. The win was only their second in their past 12 games against the Capitals.
With the score tied 1-all at 3:08 of the third, it appeared the Capitals took the lead when the puck slid by Luongo and into the net. The goal was overruled after a video review because it was determined that Laich kicked in the puck with his left skate.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when MacKenzie one-timed a rebound at 9:36 of the first. The Capitals tried to clear the puck from behind the net and the puck went off the skate of Florida’s Scottie Upshall and out in front, where MacKenzie beat Holtby on the glove side.
The Capitals tied it on Brouwer’s power-play goal in the second. Alex Ovechkin passed from the left circle across to Brouwer in the slot. His wrist shot beat Luongo on the glove side at 14:35 for his ninth goal of the season.
NOTES: Holtby made his 13th consecutive start for the Capitals. … Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen played his 100th NHL game. … Upshall and Aleksander Barkov returned to the Florida lineup after missing nine and six games, respectively.
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