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May 18, 2022
Panthers claw back from 3-goal deficit, top Capitals 5-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Carter Verhaeghe set a Florida postseason record with a five-point night, and the Florida Panthers escaped a three-goal deficit t...

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Carter Verhaeghe set a Florida postseason record with a five-point night, and the Florida Panthers escaped a three-goal deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 and take a 3-2 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots for Florida, which trailed 3-0 in the second period. Verhaeghe had two goals and three assists for the Panthers.

Patric Hornqvist, Claude Giroux and Sam Reinhart also scored for the Panthers, and Aleksander Barkov had two assists.

T.J. Oshie scored twice for Washington, which also got a goal from Justin Schultz and two assists from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ilya Samsonov stopped 33 shots.

Verhaeghe broke the Panthers’ playoff scoring record that Ray Sheppard set on a four-point night back on April 22, 1996 — which remains the last, and only, season in which the Panthers won a playoff series.

They can change that Friday, when Game 6 is played in Washington. Game 7, if necessary, would be back at Florida on Sunday.

RANGERS 5, PENGUINS 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Filip Chytil scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and New York staved off elimination with a victory over Pittsburgh in Game 5 of the teams’ first-round playoff series.

Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafrenière each had a goal and an assist, and Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren also scored for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin, torched for 10 goals over three periods in the previous two games, had 27 saves.

Jake Guentzel had two goals and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which leads the best of seven series 3-2. Evgeni Malkin had two assists and Louis Domingue finished with 29 saves.

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Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) stops the puck during the first period of Game 5 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla.

  • Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) stops the puck during the first period of Game 5 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla.
  • New York Rangers' Ryan Lindgren (55) celebrates an empty net goal with teammates Jacob Trouba (8), Kevin Rooney (17), Andrew Copp (18) and Mika Zibanejad during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in New York. The Rangers won 5-3.
  • Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) looks at the scoreboard after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 5 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby left with about seven minutes remaining in the second period with what coach Mike Sullivan said after the game was an upper body injury.

Game 6 is Friday in Pittsburgh, and a potential deciding Game 7 would be Sunday back at Madison Square Garden.


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