Panthers Shut Down Ovechkin to Beat Caps

Two third-period goals move Florida into tie for third place
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 16, 2008 6:26 AM CST
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, drives the puck against the Florida Panthers in the first period of a hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. The Panthers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Alan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Florida Panthers won their first game since Richard Zednik's ugly neck injury with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals last night, reports the AP. The Panthers also managed to hold the NHL's leading scorer, Alex Ovechkin, to no points. He had nine goals in his previous seven games.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Washington for third place in the Southeast Division with 60 points, which is only two behind leader Carolina. Nathan Horton and Kamil Kreps scored goals in the third period as Florida snapped a two-game skid. Tomas Vokoun stopped 30 shots  to get the win for Florida.