Inside the Caps' 6-5 win in Sunrise

Inside the Caps' 6-5 win in Sunrise
February 13, 2013, 7:30 am
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Here’s a look inside the box score of the Capitals’ thrilling 6-5 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers Tuesday night in Sunrise:

What it means: With the win, their first on the road, the Capitals [4-8-1] moved into a last-place tie with the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference standings with nine points, five behind the eighth-place New York Rangers, whom they visit on Sunday, and six behind the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes.

What they’re saying [take one]: “This was a must-win for us. With Florida being down in the standings like we were, we had to get two points tonight. I think it's a confidence-builder for us. It wasn't the previous win [5-0 on Saturday], but we were able to come back and that's the old Caps team right there." – RW Eric Fehr [1 goal, 1 assist]

What they’re saying [take two]: "This win will do us wonders in the long run, knowing that we can come back. But at the same time, we play like that against one of the top teams, it's real ugly." – G Braden Holtby [27 saves]

Powerful play: The Caps went 2-for-3 on the power play, getting goals from Mike Ribeiro [first period] and Alex Ovechkin [third period].  They are now 7-for-14 [50 percent] in their last six games. Washington has improved its league ranking on the man-advantage from 18th on Feb. 1 [17.9 percent] to tied for fourth at 25.5 percent.

Old-time Ovi: Alex Ovechkin played a season-low 16:53 and was on the ice for two of Florida’s goals, but he also scored the game-tying goal on the power play and assisted on a goal by Matt Hendricks. Ovechkin finished with 10 attempts at the net. Three of them hit the net, three were blocked and four went wide. Ovechkin also delivered a hard hit on Kris Versteeg and answered the bell on his next shift when Versteeg cross-checked him and the two got into a scuffle.

Top line audition: Adam Oates started Tuesday’s game with Jason Chimera on the left side of Ribeiro and Ovechkin, but switched to Hendricks, who delivered is third goal of the season. Chimera is still seeking his first goal of the season after netting a career-high of 20 last season.

Bad penalty, good kill: Mathieu Perreault took what could have been a very costly high sticking penalty with 1:45 to play in regulation and the score tied at 5. The Caps’ penalty killers did a nice job killing off the infraction and getting the game into overtime.

Stop and bang: Troy Brouwer took the team lead in goals [6] when he banged home his own rebound 32 seconds into overtime. It was a classic case of a player stopping in front of the net to bury his own rebound instead of peeling away. Oates will replay that goal a few times this season.

What’s next: The Caps have a chance to climb within two points of the Lightning [6-5-1] on Thursday when they continue their three-game road trip in Tampa. They are expected to have the day off on Friday, practice Saturday at Kettler and visit the Rangers in New York on Sunday at 6 p.m.