SUNRISE, Fla. — Alex Ovechkin scored NHL goal No. 740 but could not prevent the Florida Panthers from extending their season-opening point streak to 10 games with a 5-4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals at FLA Live Arena on Thursday.
Eetu Luostarinen scored at 1:55 of overtime after the Panthers squandered a 4-1 lead. His centering pass went off the stick of Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
Florida (9-0-1) won its first eight games before a 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Aleksander Barkov‘s second goal was No. 188 of his NHL career to tie Olli Jokinen for most in Panthers history.
Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season and had two assists for Washington (5-2-3); he is one goal from tying Brett Hull for fourth in NHL history. Connor McMichael‘s first NHL goal tied it 4-4 at 6:56 of the third period.
Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky left the game after the first period because of an upper-body injury; he made 13 saves. Spencer Knight made 25 saves facing 29 shots in the final two periods and overtime.
Ilya Samsonov was announced as the Capitals starting goalie but missed the first 1:45 because of an undisclosed issue. He then left the game at 7:16 of the second period after Brandon Montour gave Florida a 3-1 lead. Samsonov made 15 saves. Vitek Vanecek made 13 saves.
Barkov gave Florida a 1-0 lead at 3:07 of the first period with a backhand after Samsonov saved his shot from the point. Aaron Ekblad made it 2-0 at 11:04 with a slap shot from the point.
Daniel Sprong made it 2-1 at 43 seconds of the second period with a breakaway goal after getting an outlet pass from Anthony Mantha.
Barkov made it 4-1 at 15:32 of the second period with a power-play goal.
Ovechkin made it 4-2 at 18:11 with a wrist shot, and Tom Wilson tipped John Carlson‘s shot at 19:43 to make it 4-3.