Final SO

Series (Game 6 of 8)

Florida leads 7-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 20th
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Panthers3
Game 2: Thursday, December 1st
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Panthers3
Game 3: Sunday, December 18th
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Capitals2
Game 4: Sunday, January 8th
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SO
Capitals3
Game 5: Tuesday, February 7th
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Capitals0
Game 6: Saturday, March 18th
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SO
Capitals3
Game 7: Wednesday, March 22nd
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Panthers3
Game 8: Saturday, April 15th
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Panthers 4

(28-30-9, 65 pts)

Capitals 3

(22-36-8, 52 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 18, 2006

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 SO T
FLA 1 2 0 14
WSH 2 0 1 03

C. Clark (Capitals - RW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: .925

A. Ovechkin (Capitals - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Florida (27-30-9) at Washington (22-36-7) 7:00 pm EST

Florida (27-30-9) at Washington (22-36-7) 7:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Florida Panthers are playing like a team headed for the playoffs. The Washington Capitals are looking like a team destined for the first pick in the draft.

When the teams face off Saturday, Florida will be looking for its fifth win in six games.

The Panthers latest victory came Friday, a 4-2 triumph over the New York Islanders as backup goaltender Jamie McLennan made 24 saves for his first win of the season.

Juraj Kolnik scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left as Florida moved within eight points of Montreal for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, Washington has dropped four straight - one shy of its season high - following Thursday's 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers.

Brian Sutherby had a goal and and an assist for the Capitals but rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin was held scoreless for the third time in four games following a seven-game points streak.

Washington has dropped six straight in the series.

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