Panthers top Caps for Southeast lead

SUNRISE — Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and the Panthers beat the Capitals 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Panthers moved into first place in the Southeast Division, one point ahead of Washington.

Brooks Laich and John Carlson scored for the Capitals, and Michal Neuvirth had 35 saves.

Game highlights: Referee Kelly Sutherland did not return after a deflected shot struck him in the face early in the first period of the Rangers' 1-0 shootout win over the host Sabres.

Around the league: Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, for a check to the head of Sharks forward Joe Thornton on Tuesday. He was penalized in the game. … Devils forward Eric Boulton was fined $2,500 for an unpenalized slash on Rangers forward Mike Rupp on Tuesday.

at Panthers 0 1 3 4
Capitals 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesChimera, Was (high-sticking), 14:56.

Second Period1, Fla., Samuelsson 4 (Strachan, Bergenheim), :33. 2, Wash., Laich 10 (Alzner, Chimera), 11:15. PenaltiesWideman, Was (delay of game), 4:45; Ellerby, Fla (holding), 9:18; Carlson, Was (high-sticking), 9:29.

Third Period3, Fla., Samuelsson 5 (Campbell, Fleischmann), 4:57 (pp). 4, Fla., Weiss 13 (Kopecky, Fleischmann), 9:52. 5, Wash., Carlson 6, 17:39. 6, Fla., Matthias 9, 19:07 (en). PenaltiesHendricks, Was (goaltender interference), 4:07; Barch, Fla (goaltender interference), 5:44. Shots on GoalWash. 11-7-10—28. Fla. 15-9-14—38. Power-play opportunitiesWash. 0 of 2; Fla. 1 of 4. GoaliesWash., Neuvirth 6-8-3 (37 shots-34 saves). Fla., Clemmensen 7-2-5 (28-26).

at Maple Leafs 0 0 1 1
Penguins 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesMacArthur, Tor (hooking), 3:37; Letang, Pit (boarding), 5:25.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesMalkin, Pit (holding), 11:34.

Third Period1, Toronto, MacArthur 16 (Grabovski, Kulemin), 13:55. PenaltiesGrabovski, Tor (tripping), 4:43; Letang, Pit (slashing), 8:38; Michalek, Pit (interference), 14:59. Shots on GoalPitts. 4-12-9—25. Toronto 8-9-7—24. Power-play opportunitiesPitts. 0 of 2; Toronto 0 of 4. GoaliesPitts., Johnson 2-6-2 (24 shots-23 saves). Toronto, Reimer 8-5-4 (25-25).

Rangers 0 0 0 0 1
at Sabres 0 0 0 0 0
Rangers win shootout 2-1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesRupp, NYR (hooking), 11:38; Girardi, NYR (tripping), 12:57; Boyle, NYR (roughing), 20:00; Kaleta, Buf (roughing), 20:00.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesBickel, NYR (hooking), 14:51.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesEnnis, Buf (high-sticking), 6:00; Stralman, NYR (hooking), 14:49; Del Zotto, NYR (delay of game), 18:22.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesEnnis, Buf (boarding), :47. ShootoutNYR 2 (Gaborik G, Mitchell NG, Richards NG, Stepan NG, Callahan G), Buffalo 1 (Gerbe NG, Boyes NG, Pominville G, Ennis NG, Leino NG). Shots on GoalNYR 9-10-6-4—29. Buffalo 11-8-12-3—34. Power-play opportunitiesNYR 0 of 2; Buffalo 0 of 5. GoaliesNYR, Lundqvist 23-10-4 (34 shots-34 saves). Buffalo, R.Miller 13-15-3 (29-29).

Panthers top Caps for Southeast lead 02/01/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 10:58pm]

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