Capitals’ Quick Start was the Reason for Their Victory against the Panthers

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Heading into their game against the Florida Panthers, the Washington Capitals were coming off of a fantastic victory against a great Boston Bruins team. They took it to Boston as they rallied from a 3-0 deficit and Braden Holtby stayed strong in net for the rest of the game and the Caps went on to win 4-3. Eric Fehr put the puck top right shelf to keep the fans at the Verizon Center going and ready for a big Southeast rivalry game against the Panthers.

Those fans were not only treated to a win on Thursday night, but an absolute blowout. Led by the Caps most valuable player so far, Mike Ribeiro, the Capitals scored seven goals and caused a Florida goalie change before ten minutes ticked off of the game clock.

The key to this one was getting a quick start. They didn’t do it in Boston, and that’s why it was tougher to win. In this game, it was game over from the drop of the puck. John Erskine striked just less than two minutes into the game with a primary assist from Alex Ovechkin.

Speaking of Ovechkin, this season has been anything but kind to “The Great Eight”. This night however, let Ovechkin “unleash the fury”, like they say at the Verizon Center, and go on to score three points earning him the first star of the game.

Braden Holtby put on another great performance earning him the second star, and the previously-mentioned Ribeiro earned the first star of the game.

Now that they have 10 wins, Washington can look ahead to the upcoming schedule and try to get even at 11-11 in their next game. That game will be against the New York Islanders

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