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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Alex Ovechkin scored two of his three goals over 56 seconds in the second period and the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Friday.

Ovechkin has 18 goals, most through 21 games in a season by a player in at least his 17th season. He’s 19 goals from passing Jaromir Jagr for third on the career list following his 28th hat trick.

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Washington has won eight of 10 and ended Florida’s four-game winning streak. Ilya Samsonov stopped 19 shots for the Capitals.

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed Tom Wilson’s eighth goal, which tied it at 1 at 1:34 of the second, and Ovechkin’s first goal. Bobrovsky left after Ovechkin’s goal at 2:50 but returned after Ovechkin scored against Spencer Knight at 3:46.

Ovechkin’s third goal came at 4:02 in the third period.

Evgeny Kuzentsov had three assists for Washington.

The Panthers’ Sam Reinhart scored his fourth goal at 6:49 of the second, and Bobrovsky left again and returned with 2:42 to play in the second.

Bobrovsky stopped 19 of 22 shots and Knight made six saves in seven chances.

Jonathan Huberdeau’s seventh goal gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with 32 seconds to play in the first.

Carter Verhaeghe scored at 5:36 of the third to cut Washington’s lead to 4-3.


Panthers: F Anthony Duclair was a late scratch.

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F Alexsander Barkov missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury.

Huberdeau has four goals in six games and scored in six straight games.

Capitals: D Justin Schultz was out after injuring his upper body in Wednesday’s game against Montreal.

He was replaced by Dennis Cholowski, who played in his second game this season.

F T.J. Oshie (lower body) is on injured reserve for the second time this season.

F Conor Sheary (upper body) missed his third straight game.

F Lars Eller, who hasn’t played since November 14, is out of COVID-19 protocols but not ready to play.


Panthers: Host Seattle Kraken on Saturday.

Capitals: Visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

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