Luongo, Panthers claw their way to victory over Capitals in OT

Florida's Joe Nieuwendyk scores the game winner on Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig in overtime Sunday. The Panthers won, 4-3.

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
WASHINGTON - Thanks to Roberto Luongo, the Florida Panthers ended a grueling road swing with five points and a break-even record.
Luongo made two shootout saves, Nathan Horton and Joe Nieuwendyk scored shootout goals and the Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday.
"It was a must-win for us, obviously," said Panthers center Olli Jokinen, who scored twice. "I guess we have to be satisfied - we played .500. But at this point in the year, it's not going to be enough for us."
Sean Hill added a goal in regulation for the Panthers, who ended a season-long five-game road trip with a 2-2-1 record. Horton and Nieuwendyk added two assists apiece.
Dainius Zubrus had two goals and Jamie Heward also scored for Washington, which squandered a 2-0 lead and has dropped four straight. Alex Ovechkin had two assists.
"We had a jump at the beginning of the game," Zubrus said. "We were playing well and then, just like a couple of games ago, we got into trouble with penalties. Seems like a broken record."
  • STARS 6, RED WINGS 3: Jere Lehtinen scored two goals and visiting Dallas overcame a three-goal deficit to beat Detroit.
    The Stars trailed 3-0 in the second period.
    Niklas Hagman, Philippe Boucher, Niko Kapanen, and Mathias Tjarnqvist also scored for Dallas. Mike Modano, who is from the Detroit suburb of Westland, and Sergei Zubov each added three assists.
    Henrik Zetterberg and Mathieu Schneider each had a goal and an assist and Jason Williams added a goal for Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk had three assists.
  • PREDATORS 5, BLACKHAWKS 1: Yanic Perreault had two goals and Steve Sullivan scored on a third-period penalty shot to help visiting Nashville hand Chicago its 10th straight loss.
    The Blackhawks' losing streak is their longest since a team-record 12-game slide at the end of the 1950-51 season. Chicago's last win was Dec. 16 against St. Louis.
    Jerred Smithson and Adam Hall also scored for the Predators. Nashville's Chris Mason made 36 saves, allowing only Mark Bell's third-period goal.
  • BLUE JACKETS 5, COYOTES 2: Bryan Berard scored three power-play goals for his first career hat trick, Sergei Fedorov added four assists and visiting Columbus beat Phoenixon to snap a three-game losing streak.
    Rick Nash had a goal and an assist and Rostislav Klesla also scored to help the Blue Jackets win for the first time in regulation in 10 trips to Phoenix (1-6-3).
    Ladislav Nagy and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix. The Coyotes have lost three straight and eight of their last 12.
    n RANGERS: The team obtained forward Petr Sykora and a 2007 fourth-round draft choice from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in exchange for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev.
  • BLUE JACKETS: Columbus added center Peter Sarno to their roster on emergency recall from Syracuse of the AHL.
    Klesla gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 6:16 of the first period when he received a pass from Fedorov off a faceoff, took one stride to his right and fired the puck past Curtis Joseph from the point.
    The 26-year-old Sarno is expected to join the Blue Jackets for tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.
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