WASHINGTON — The Florida Panther’s quest for their first win of the season brings them to Washington on Friday night to face the Stanley Cup champion Capitals.Florida (0-2-2) lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 in a shootout Tuesday to match the franchise record for futility to start a season Womens Luke Kunin Jersey
, which was set in 2000-01. The Panthers endured a five-goal second period but rallied to earn a point.“We scored five goals on the road. We won the special teams battle and were the more aggressive,” coach Bob Boughner told the Miami Herald. “So, there’s a lot of good, but still some bad in our game we’ve got to eliminate.”Article continues below ...The Panthers trailed 5-2 late in the second period before Mike Hoffman scored his first goal with Florida. Evgenii Dadonov and Aleksander Barkov scored third period goals, but the Flyers scored twice in the shootout off of Michael Hutchinson (21 saves) and the Panthers managed only one tally.“I had the game in my hands to put us in another round of the shootout, and obviously it doesn’t go in, so going to kick myself a little bit about that,” said Panthers forward Frank Vatrano, who scored two goals in regulation. “We got another game coming up on Friday that we want to get two points.”The Capitals stopped a two-game skid with a 4-3 overtime win against the visiting Rangers on Wednesday night. Alex Ovechkin scored twice on the power play and Matt Niskanen swatted a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist for the game-winner.Washington (3-2-1) has scored nine power-play goals in six games, but have scored just two five-on-five goals in their last three games.Both Ovechkin’s goals came from his ‘office Marcus Foligno Jersey
,’ in the left circle and even though teams know what’s coming, the penalty killers can’t overplay Ovechkin with the likes of T.J. Oshi and Nicklas Backstrom on the ice. Ovechkin now has 232 career power play goals, tied for ninth all-time.“To completely take him away, other guys are just too open and they’re good enough to score,” Niskanen told the Washington Post. “Are you going to leave (Oshi) open in the slot from the hash marks to cover Ovi? … Guys are good at reading what’s open. It’s pretty lethal.”Rangers coach David Quinn came away impressed by Washington’s power play.“It’s amazing watching them, how calm they are. They don’t get rattled,” he told nhl.com. “There’s a confidence to them and a swagger to them, which they should have. They’ve been playing together a long time, and they’re the defending Stanley Cup champions, so they should play with a swagger.”John Carlson had a goal and two assists http://www.minnesotawildteamshops.com/authentic-matt-dumba-jersey
, Backstrom had two assists, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves for Washington.Holtby is 10-2-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average (GAA) and .920 save percentage against the Panthers. James Reimer gets the start for Florida and is 4-4-2 with a 2.16 GAA and a .937 save percentage versus the Capitals.Ovechkin has 36 goals and 40 assists in 60 games against Florida. Nicklas Backstrom has 11 goals and 36 assists in 48 games.Against the Flyers, Barkov moved past Pavel Bure for 10th in points in Florida history (252). NEW YORK (AP) — So much for all that talk about the New York Islanders‘ situation in goal.Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner have formed a pretty solid tandem so far.Greiss made 35 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.“We feed off that,” forward Josh Bailey said. “When he and Lehner are on, it adds so much confidence to our team.”It was Greiss’ ninth career shutout. Dating to Oct. 28, Greiss has allowed just four goals on 114 shots.“It’s going well and everyone is happy and enjoying hockey right now,” he said.Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield scored for New York (8-4-1), which improved to 6-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division this season. Bailey had two assists to extend his point streak to eight games.“When you get on these streaks as a team and individually you want to ride them for as long as you can Mikael Granlund Jersey
,” Bailey said. “But it’s about staying even keel and not thinking too much about it, and preparing the same way you do every game.”Despite losing for the sixth time in seven games, the Devils (5-5-1) left Barclays Center feeling positive about their performance.“There’s plenty of season left,” said Keith Kinkaid, who had 30 saves. “We’re just going through a little (stretch). Everything is a learning curve.“We have to keep sticking at it.”The Devils came up empty on two early power-play chances before the Islanders grabbed the lead on Eberle’s power-play goal 7:43 into the game. With Jean-Sebastien Dea in the box for hooking Adam Pelech, Eberle tapped in Anders Lee’s rebound for his fourth of the season, and third in New York’s last three games.“I had quite a few chances again,” Eberle said. “So you want to try and maintain (the) things you’re having success with.”New Jersey outshot New York 35-33 for the game, but the Islanders were 1 for 4 on the power play and killed all four man advantages for the Devils.“We’d almost take that game than playing (poorly) and winning,” New Jersey star Taylor Hall said. “Sometimes you have to go through (a stretch) during a season and find your game. Find an example of how you need to play night in and night out. And sometimes results are going to come Youth Mikko Koivu Jersey
, and sometimes you’re going to play — like I said (poorly) and win. Right now we’ll take the way we played.”Neither team was able develop any traction offensively in a stop-and-start second period, with the best chance being Hall’s semi-breakaway at 8:06 that Greiss knocked away.“We didn’t get any bounces,” New Jersey coach John Hynes said.The third was a mirror image of the second, although New York did generate seven shot attempts in a 52-second span after Lee forced a Hall turnover.Nelson got his team-leading seventh goal of the season with 4:54 left. The sequence began with Nick Leddy blocking a Mirco Mueller shot, leading to a 2-on-1 with Nelson and Bailey.Mayfield’s empty-netter ended the scoring.“I really liked our second and I really liked our third,” New York coach Barry Trotz said. “I really like our mindset.”NOTES: Following New York’s optional skate, Trotz said LW Matt Martin would miss the game with an upper-body injury. Martin was replaced in the lineup by Ross Johnston. … The Islanders sent reserve goaltender Christopher Gibson to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. … New Jersey put RW Stefan Noesen on injured reserve with an upper-body injury and activated RW Drew Stafford from IR. … Devils LW Brett Seney made his NHL debut. The 157th pick in the 2015 draft was called up from the minors on Friday. … New York D Johnny Boychuk played in his 600th NHL game.UP NEXTDevils: Visit Pittsburgh on Monday night.Islanders: Host Montreal on Monday night.