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Washington Ices Florida 7-1 - Recap

Florida couldn't hang with the Capitals on Thursday as Washington blasted the Panthers 7-1 at Verizon Center.

Bettors who backed the Capitals were rewarded as -150 favorites at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 5.5.

Washington got goals from Mike Ribeiro, John Erskine, Eric Fehr, Alex Ovechkin, Wojtek Wolski, Mathieu Perreault, and John Carlson in the victory. Erskine opened the scoring at 1:58 of the first period.

Braden Holtby turned in a 29-save effort for the Capitals.

Jack Skille scored for the Panthers, finding the net behind Braden Holtby.

Scott Clemmensen stopped 19 of 24 shots for the Panthers, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

Washington scored 2 times on 3 chances on the power play, while Florida went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

Washington lost the shots on goal battle to Florida by a margin of 30-26.

Washington looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Islanders. The Panthers will aim to get back on the winning track vs Winnipeg.