WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates after scoring in the first period against the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center on October 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Panthers Vs. Capitals: Tomas Vokoun Pitches Shutout, Capitals Remain Undefeated After 3-0 Win

The Washington Capitals remain undefeated in 2011/12, shutting out a tired Florida Panthers team, 3-0. Alexander Semin scored and Tomas Vokoun was excellent against his former team.

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Is Whole Finally Greater Than Sum Of Parts For Washington Capitals?

The Washington Capitals are undefeated and are winning with contributions from the entire lineup. Is this team finally about the name on the front of the jersey instead of the names on the back?


Panthers Vs. Capitals: Washington Beats Florida 3-0 To Remain Undefeated

After a shaky performance against Tampa Bay last week, Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun has continued to improve with each game. Tonight, he peaked as the Caps rode a Vokoun shutout to victory over the Panthers, improving to an undefeated 5-0-0 in this young 2011-12 season. Vokoun was a perfect 20 for 20 on Panthers’ shots Tuesday night, a sweet shutout of his former team.

The Capitals were cruising against a tired Florida team, which was on the second night of back-to-back road games after a win in Tampa on Monday. But Washington failed to add insurance in the second period, carrying a one goal lead into the third.

Alexander Semin would quickly provide the two goal lead, however, scoring just 1:49 into the third period. Semin was the storyline entering the game, facing off against former teammate Matt Bradley after Bradley’s critical comments this summer. Semin scored on a perfect wrister as he coasted down the right side of the ice – it was a thing of beauty. The Caps winger set up the scoring chance in the defensive zone, his backcheck initiating the transition and goal on the other end. It was Semin’s second goal of the season.

Jason Chimera would remove all doubt, adding an empty netter with less than a minute remaining. It was Chimera’s team-leading fourth goal of the season. The Caps took advantage of an exhausted Florida team and won a game they were expected to win. They now travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Thursday.


Panthers Vs. Capitals: Jacob Markstrom Settles In, But Caps Still Lead 1-0

The Washington Capitals continued to apply the pressure on the Florida Panthers in the second period, but rookie Jacob Markstrom held his ground and the score still remains 1-0 after 40 minutes.

Markstrom made 10 saves in the second period and was primarily responsible for keeping the Panthers in the game. Tomas Vokoun has made 11 saves for the Caps through two periods.

Near the end of the second period, Mike Green took a slash from Jason Garrison and fell to the ice. He struggled to get off the ice as he was bent over in obvious pain. He headed to the locker room before the period ended. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Panthers Vs. Capitals: Washington Dominates FIrst Period, Leads Florida 1-0

Much has been made about the Washington Capitals not playing complete games despite the fact that they're 4-0-0 so far this season. They're one-third of the way there.

The Caps dominated the Florida Panthers throughout the first period and Marcus Johansson's early power play goal has given them a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Johansson's power play goal put the Caps up 1-0 at 4:24. After sustained pressure in the offensive zone, Johansson corralled the puck on the goal line to Jacob Markstrom's left. Markstrom, making his first career NHL start, was in position, but Johansson's stuff attempt somehow squeaked through his pads and crawled across the goal line. It was Johansson's third goal of the season.

The Panthers had one power play opportunity late in the period. One night after scoring five power play goals, Florida could not set up at all as Washington trapped them in the neutral zone. In fact, it took the Panthers nearly 12 minutes to register their first shot on goal. Shots are 11-2 in favor of Washington.


Panthers Vs. Capitals: Matt Bradley Says Alexander Semin Comments Were 'Mental Lapse'

Former Washington Capitals and current Florida Panthers forward Matt Bradley spoke with reporters prior to Tuesday's game about his summer comments regarding the commitment of Alexander Semin and the rest of the team. Bradley said he regretted making those comments, calling them a "mental lapse." Via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan:

Bradley said "100 percent" he wishes he could take what he said about Semin back and that "as soon as I said it I knew I shouldn’t of said it and for whatever reason I had a mental lapse".

In an interview with an Ottawa radio station over the summer, Bradley said that Semin "just doesn't care" and that the Capitals' locker room culture was too "nonchalant." He also implied that coach Bruce Boudreau favored the big stars even when they were not playing well. Bradley signed a contract to play with the Panthers in the offseason.

Bradley already said he hopes to apologize to Semin for the comments at some point before or after the game. For full audio of Bradley's pregame interview with reporters, click here.


Panthers Vs. Capitals: Michal Neuvirth, Jay Beagle Still 'Day-To-Day', Tomas Vokoun Likely To Start

BALLSTON, Va. - Before Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers, the Washington Capitals held their typical pregame morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The forward lines from the past week have remained intact:

Ovechkin - Backstrom - Brouwer

Semin - Johansson - Knuble

Chimera - Laich - Ward

Hendricks - Perreault - Halpern

D.J. King was the last forward left on the ice and will likely be scratched. Tomas Vokoun was the first goalie off the ice Tuesday and should start his fourth consecutive game.

After Tuesday's session, head coach Bruce Boudreau provided updates on Michal Neuvirth, Jay Beagle and John Erskine. Neuvirth is still "day-to-day," while Beagle is "smiling in the dressing room." While not much can be inferred from Boudreau's update on Beagle, both he and Neuvirth did not skate Tuesday. Beagle has not practiced since leaving Thursday's game after his fight with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Arron Asham. Neuvirth is suffering from a bruised right foot.

Erskine has yet to play this season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, but has practiced throughout the season. Erskine has not yet been cleared for full contact, but Boudreau is hopeful that it will be soon.

"He's getting closer," Boudreau said. "He played a lot of games for us last year and was a real integral part of our team. I think it's important that he's ready to play. It gives us seven good defensemen. You can move people in and out and give people rest that need rest."


Panthers Vs. Capitals: Washington Welcomes Panthers, Former Teammates Tuesday

The Florida Panthers completely overhauled their roster this offseason as they signed over a dozen new players. Tuesday, the Washington Capitals will get their first opportunity to see the new-look Panthers this season, but there will be plenty of familiar faces on both sides when the two teams take the ice at Verizon Center.

Former Caps Matt Bradley and Tomas Fleischmann figure to be in the lineup for the Panthers Tuesday, while Jose Theodore will likely sit after playing Monday. Regardless, all three of the aforementioned players have been on the Caps within the last two years. Bradley will be the focus after he admitted Monday that he plans to apologize for his comments regarding Alexander Semin during an August interview.

Meanwhile, Tomas Vokoun will likely start against his former team of four years. Vokoun left the Panthers this summer to sign a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Caps. Dennis Wideman, also a former Panther, will be in the lineup as well.

One player, however, that won't be playing is Michal Neuvirth, who admitted Monday that his "lower-body injury" is a bruised right foot that he suffered last week during a morning skate. Neuvirth practiced Monday for about 20 minutes before being too sore to continue. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Neuvirth would need to practice fully before considering a return.


Michal Neuvirth Injury Update: Capitals Goalie Admits To Bruised Right Foot

Via The Washington Times' Stephen Whyno, Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth's "lower-body injury" is a bruised right foot, an injury that has caused him to miss three games.

Neuvirth said after practice Monday that he bruised his foot after taking a shot off it during last Monday's morning skate before a game with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Neuvirth practiced for about an hour before Saturday's game against the Ottawa Senators, but left Monday's practice after about 20 minutes. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said after Monday's practice that Neuvirth was "still sore," a point that Neuvirth himself reiterated:

"It was a little test. It was too sore to stay on the ice," Neuvirth said. "It's getting better and hopefully it's going to get better and I'll get healthy soon."

Boudreau also said that he feels as though Neuvirth needs a full practice before returning to full-time action, so expect the Caps to recall either Braden Holtby or Dany Sabourin before Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers.


Panthers Vs. Capitals: Michal Neuvirth Participates In Limited Practice, 'Still Sore' According To Bruce Boudreau

Michal Neuvirth, who has been suffering from a "lower-body injury" for a week, admitted Monday that he is suffering from an injured right foot.

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