SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 6: Alexander Semin #28 is congratulated by Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals after scoring the winning goal against the Florida Panthers in overtime on March 6, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Capitals defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Panthers: Caps Regain First Place In Southeast With 3-2 Overtime Win In Florida

Alexander Semin's overtime winner put the Capitals back on top of the Southeast Division.

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Capitals Vs. Panthers: Alexander Semin Seals Overtime Victory In Florida

The Washington Capitals have recaptured the top slot in the Southeast Division. They won their third straight game, and passed the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the division. This win took longer than an hour once again, as Washington defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime. The win puts the Capitals back on top in the Southeast Division.

The Capitals fell behind early in the game, as they often do, on a goal from Bill Thomas. But the Panthers' lead didn't last long, as Nicklas Backstrom scored his 17th goal of the season just two minutes later. Alex Ovechkin assisted on the Backstrom goal as two of Washington's stars continue their resurgence.

Boyd Gordon put the Capitals in front in the second period, where they would stay until the final minutes. But late in the third penalty, John Erskine took a tripping penalty, and the Panthers made Washington pay. David Booth scored a power play goal with just 2:36 remaining to send the game to an extra period.

Refusing to let the game be settled on penalty shots, Alexander Semin put it away. On the first shot that his line with Brooks Laich and Jason Arnott could muster, Semin scored the game-winner in overtime to put the Capitals back


Capitals Vs. Panthers: Caps Look To Regain First Place With Win In Florida

Although it's been an up and down year for the Washington Capitals, they still have a chance to claim first place int he Southeast division if they can both of their next two games. The first in division game will come tonight as the Caps travel to face the Florida Panthers

Tonight's game will pit new Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman against his former team for the first time since he was traded to Washington a week ago. He along with new center Jason Arnott have seemed to give Washington a boost in their first two games with their new team. 

Goal tender Michal Neuvirth will again start, with Semyon Varlamov on the mend. Although these two have been neck and neck through out most of the season, it seems that Neuvirth is beginning to pull away from Varlamov as the net minder who can start for the Caps come playoff time.

The Caps enter this game trailing by just one point to the Tampa Bay Lighting for the division lead, and will hope to win both games in the state of Florida (tonight's game against  the Panthers, then the Lightening) in order to secure sole possession of first place.

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