Series (Game 5 of 6)

Florida leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 22nd
Game 2: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 3: Friday, January 23rd
Game 4: Saturday, February 21st
Game 5: Friday, February 27th
Game 6: Tuesday, March 2nd

Capitals 4

(20-34-2, 50 pts)

Panthers 1

(23-26-3, 62 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 27, 2004

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
WSH 0 0 44
FLA 0 1 01

O. Kolzig (Capitals - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

M. Van Ryn (Panthers - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Miller (Capitals - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Washington (19-34-8-2) at Florida (23-25-13-3) 7:30 pm EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- After trading away All-Star center Robert Lang, the Washington Capitals on Friday night take on the Florida Panthers, who seek to extend a season-high five-game unbeaten streak.

Washington traded Lang to the Detroit Red Wings earlier Friday for 19-year-old left wing Tomas Fleischmann, a 2004 first-round draft pick and a fourth-round choice in 2006. Lang is tied for the league scoring lead with Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis with 74 points.

On Wednesday, Lang's power-play goal was all the Capitals could manage in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Backup Sebastien Charpentier made 31 saves in his second start of the season. Charpentier, who had been sidelined with a hip injury, lost his only previous start this season at Montreal on October 14.

Roberto Luongo enters off consecutive shutouts and has made nine straight starts. On Wednesday, Luongo turned away 33 shots for his sixth shutout of the season and Juraj Kolnik had two goals and an assist to lift the Panthers to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Luongo has turned aside 169 of 172 shots during Florida's unbeaten streak and is 20-25-12 with a 2.24 goals-against average. He has not allowed a goal in 137 minutes, 50 seconds. The All-Star had a team-record scoreless streak of 160:05 snapped in the second period of Saturday's 2-2 tie at Washington.

Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester may return Friday after missing the last 17 games with a foot injury.

The Panthers are 2-0-2 against the Capitals this season.