When Panthers center Drew Shore scored his crazy, mid-air, ricochet goal and gave Florida a 5-3 lead, all seemed lost for the Washington Capitals this night. But this isn’t the same team of a few weeks ago. Eric Fehr scored on a rebound in front of the net. Alex Ovechkin tied it up with a beautiful wrist shot from the point on the powerplay. And Troy Brouwer got all Herculean and won the game in overtime.
As Mathieu Perreault’s penalty expired, Nicklas Backstrom sauced a beautiful pass over two Florida Panther players to a streaking Brouwer down the wing. Brouwer’s first shot on the breakaway was stopped by Scott Clemmensen, but Troy is a wagon and expected nothing less. He kept his stick on the ice, and knocked in his own rebound past Clemmensen’s five hole. What a goal.
On CSN Washington’s video feed, you could hear audible yells of “%^K YES!!”