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WASHINGTON (AP) — Roberto Luongo doesn’t want to think about the long climb the Florida Panthers would have to make get to the playoffs.Each victory gets them a little closer Tyler Seguin Jersey , and they’ve won two in a row and six of their past eight games after beating the Washington Capitals 5-4 in overtime Saturday. Luongo made 26 saves and Mike Hoffman scored the winning goal on the power play to move Florida nine points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.“Sometimes when you look at the big picture, it can get a little bit overwhelming and you want to stay focused on the task at hand,” Luongo said after becoming just the third goaltender in NHL history to start 1,000 regular-season games. “Obviously we’ve got to win a lot of games. But I’ve always been the type of person that doesn’t like to look at the big picture that much. Big win tonight.”Hoffman’s goal came 1:31 into overtime with Brett Connolly in the penalty box for slashing with 3.6 seconds left in the third period. The Panthers bounced back from allowing the tying goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov with 3:06 remaining to win in overtime for the second consecutive game.Frank Vatrano, Keith Yandle, Colton Sceviour and Derick Brassard scored in regulation for Florida, which is back on the fringe of the race in the East thanks to its recent run. The Panthers still have three teams between them and a playoff position in the conference and might need 12 out of 14 points on their upcoming homestand to stay in it ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.“We’ve got to play well,” said Yandle, who set up Hoffman’s 4-on-3 power play goal. “We know going forward there’s not a lot of room for error, and we’ve got to play well every night.”The power play that is tops in the NHL since Nov. 1 delivered on a goal one second after T.J. Oshie’s penalty expired in the first period and then again in overtime. Coach Bob Boughner called the power play his team’s “backbone” all season.The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals continued to lack discipline and lead the NHL with 199 minor penalties this season. Connolly scored twice, but his offensive-zone slash on Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov with the clock running out contributed to Washington’s winning streak being snapped at two.“I can’t take that penalty,” Connolly said. “It’s tough. It’s an important time of the game.”Lars Eller also scored for Washington, and Kuznetsov’s goal was his fourth in five games. Braden Holtby 26 saves and fell victim to some bad bounces, deflections and miscues on the goals he allowed.Luongo picked up his first victory in Washington since 2011 and moved to within one of tying Ed Belfour for third on the NHL’s all-time list. Luongo joined Hall of Famers Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goaltenders with 1,000 career starts and tied Roy for second in all-time games played with 1,029.The 39-year-old said he didn’t know until about an hour before the game about the milestone.“Sure Anthony Duclair Jersey Womens , it’s a lot of games,” Luongo said. “We’re just playing to win games, trying to get back in the playoff race. That’s our goal, and that’s my goal personally is, I want to take part in the playoffs again. They’re nice when they come and go, but it’s not really something I keep tabs on that much.”Luongo and the Panthers will keep tabs on the standings as they hope to replicate the 25-8-2 run that got them close to a playoff spot last season. With 29 games to go, Florida is still building to that point.“I think we’ve just got a bit of our swagger back,” Luongo said. “We believe in ourselves and the way we’re playing. We’ve been finding different ways to win. We’re getting a little bit of that momentum going like we did last year. It’s just a matter of you’ve got to keep plugging away night after night here.”NOTES: Capitals D Christian Djoos returned after missing 24 games with compartment syndrome in his left leg. … With Djoos back, the Capitals were fully healthy for the first time this season in their 55th game. … RW Devante Smith-Pelly was a healthy scratch for Washington. … Panthers D MacKenzie Weegar missed his second consecutive game with an illness.UP NEXTPanthers: Open a seven-game homestand Sunday against the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.Capitals: Wrap up a six-game homestand Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie and the Washington Capitals hardly came out looking like the reigning Stanley Cup champions against the NHL-worst Ottawa Senators. After less than 7½ minutes Tuesday night, Ottawa held a two-goal lead.“Didn’t look like the boys were too interested to start the game,” Oshie said. “But a good response.”Oshie scored twice in a four-goal second period to collect his 20th goal for a fourth season, and the Capitals turned things around quickly enough to end up beating Ottawa 7-2.Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Lars Eller, John Carlson and Brett Connolly also scored for Washington, and Braden Holtby made 21 saves to help the Capitals win for the fourth time in their past five games.“If you give those guys an inch Chris Kreider Jersey , they’ll take a foot, and that’s why they’re the Stanley Cup champions,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. “They’re a formidable team, and we know where we are and how far we’ve got to travel to get to that level.”The Senators have dropped five games in a row, and seven of their past eight. They have the fewest points in the league and a roster depleted by a trade deadline sell-off.And yet the visitors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 7 minutes, 10 seconds, with both scores coming courtesy of players that arrived in recent deals. Not just that, but the Senators took the game’s initial nine shots; the hosts didn’t get one until the first period was more than 10 minutes old.Less than 3½ minutes in, newly acquired Oscar Lindberg scored off a pass that Brian Gibbons slid through defenseman Michal Kempny’s legs. Ottawa doubled its lead on Anthony Duclair’s power-play goal. That gave the Senators twice as many goals as they had managed in their previous three games combined.“We weren’t happy with what was going on,” Carlson said. “It’s a good lesson for us, moving forward.”Said Eller: “The first 10 minutes, that wasn’t us.”But after sleepwalking at the start, Washington got going, scoring a pair of goals 53 seconds apart against goaltender Anders Nilsson and an overwhelmed defense to make it 2-all after one period.First came Wilson’s 18th goal, finishing a nice sequence featuring assists from Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, with 3:03 left in the period. Then it was Eller’s turn Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids , scoring his eighth goal off a pass from Dmitry Orlov.The Capitals really turned it on in the second period. Carlson broke the tie with his 10th of the season, on a power play, and Oshie knocked home a rebound off a shot by Brooks Orpik to make it 4-2. Nicklas Backstrom assisted on both goals.Then came Connolly’s career-high 16th goal, off his own rebound, and Oshie made it 6-2 with 9½ minutes left in the period, prompting Boucher to yank Nilsson and replace him with Craig Anderson.“Our leadership group is strong,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said, “and I think they did a good job of pulling everyone into the fight.”NOTES: Kuznetsov headed to the locker room late in the second period after appearing to get hit by a puck, but he was back for the start of the third and scored just 17 seconds in. … Congressman John Lewis and Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O’Ree, who was the first black player in the NHL, participated in a ceremonial puck drop before the game to mark Black History Month. … The Senators are 8-22-1 on the road. … The Capitals have won 11 of 12 against the Senators.UP NEXTSenators: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.Capitals: Open a three-game road trip at the New York Islanders and former Washington coach Barry Trotz on Friday night. The teams are atop the Metropolitan Division with the same number of points, although the Islanders have played two fewer games.


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