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Capitals Vs. Panthers: Slow First Period Ends In Scoreless Tie

There are plenty of meaningful matchups around the NHL Saturday. The game between the Washington Capitals and the Florida Panthers is not one of them.

A slow first period has ended with the Caps and Panthers deadlocked in a scoreless tie.

Both teams combined for 15 shots with the Caps having nine of them. Each team also had a power play opportunity with nothing to show for it.

Meanwhile, in Raleigh, the Tampa Bay Lightning are leading the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 after the first period. A Tampa Bay win would clinch a playoff spot for the New York Rangers, who would become the Caps' first-round opponent.